12:25pm November 13, 2012

Latinas are Vital to Startup Success


A recent analysis of 20,000 venture-backed companies in the U.S. from 1997 to 2011 found that, when women are in senior positions, companies tend to do better. An article in Business Week noted:

“They had more than twice as many women in top jobs like C-level managers, vice presidents, and board members than their unsuccessful counterparts did.

“Companies that went public, were acquired, or turned profitable were defined as “successful”…At successful companies, the median share of female executives was 7.1 percent, compared with 3.1 percent at unsuccessful firms.”

This is particularly interesting given a few of our recent pieces.

First, it appears that professors in universities don’t think women are as capable as men, which means the “pipeline issue” is a problem before women even graduate college and have the chance to work in a startup.

Secondly, as we discussed recently, Latina students in STEM or tech-related fields face a double barrier of not only sexism, but racism, so there are even fewer likely to make it through to the professional world.

Diversity of gender is important, but in a country with such rapidly changing demographics, without Latinos startups are going to be hurting. Hopefully more startups start turning their gaze to less “traditional” communities when they get going — or even better — that more Latinos and Latinas will launch their own startups.

This post originally appeared in Más Wired.

About the Author




NCLR: Helping to Build Resilient Latino Youth

Immigration, poverty, education, discrimination, disengagement are all issues affecting Latino youth today and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is leading the charge for an open dialogue on these issues. NCLR is the Natio...
by Charlyn Stanberry


Report: US born Latinos drive Latino population growth, not foreign born

The Pew Hispanic Center released a report on Tuesday showing that the growth of the Latino population in the U.S. is driven more by births in the United States than by immigration. This trend is reflective of tough immigration ...
by Adriana Maestas


New report highlights dire Latino voter situation in Texas

In Texas, Latinos are projected to reach a plurality of the population (43%), and for the past few years, politicians and operatives have been buzzing about tapping into this growing population to loosen the GOP grip on the sta...
by Adriana Maestas


1070 Filing

Rep. Ed Pastor announces retirement, State Rep. Gallego announces candidacy

Congressman Ed Pastor (D-Arizona) has announced that he would be retiring at the end of his current term. In an announcement posted on Facebook, Rep. Pastor said, “After 23 years in Congress serving the people of Arizona,...
by Adriana Maestas

Ron Calderon

California State Senator Ron Calderon indicted for public corruption

On Friday, Calfornia State Senator Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) was indicted on federal corruption charges. This comes after the FBI raided the office of California state Senator Calderon last June, making him the focus of a cor...
by Adriana Maestas



Be the first to comment!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>