Women in Engineering: The Story of an Outstanding Costa Rican Who Reached Silicon Valley

  • Engineer Jimena Mora is an example for female STEM professionals to follow their dreams and overcome obstacles in their careers.
  • In 2022, Mismo, a renowned technology company, seeks to hire more women in computing and computer engineering.

Simply being a woman in STEM represents a series of daily challenges. Such is the case of Jimena Mora, a renowned Costa Rican computer engineer and CENFOTEC graduate.

Mora, who first studied law, remembers having had no experience in or exposure to the academic field of technology, until her first job. Although that job was not directly related to what she does today, it offered her first taste of this industry and awoke a desire in Mora to learn more and develop her skills. It was then that she decided to study software engineering.

As of 2020, though women represent almost half of the world’s workforce, they occupy only approximately 25% of technology jobs. This rate decreases as they move up the corporate ladder into leadership roles, where women account for just 5%, according to PwC.

Efforts to make the world of technology a more inclusive and diverse space do not exclusively reside in a definition of gender policy; it is also about creating better working environments for women professionals in these spaces. While there are more and more opportunities for women to work in this industry, this journey has not been easy.

Gender equity is essential to overcoming stigmas in the workplace. Mora states that, for her, it has been essential to work in an environment where she can be supported by her family, her partner, other female STEM professionals, and by Mismo, where she has worked for a year and a half.

In addition, the Costa Rican engineer adds that working at Mismo is motivation in itself to perform well, as she is surrounded by other women in the field and who lead large and important projects. Mora also recalls that she felt inspired from the moment she met Forum, the Co-Founder of Mismo. Over the last 18 months, Mismo’s monitoring, support, and learning environment has been essential to her development as a woman in STEM. The company strives to attract clients who offer new challenges and who help employees strengthen their weaknesses and never stop learning.

“At Mismo, one of our goals is to create better spaces for women engineers, via everything from equal opportunity hiring practices to flexible hours and equitable access to both educational opportunities and job growth,” commented Forum Desai, CEO of Mismo.

All women need to be able to look into the workplace mirror and see themselves reflected – even more so in a field that has historically been dominated by men. Fortunately, this has improved over time and for Mismo, the priority has always been to support and work with STEM women, so much so that this has become the company’s pillar of social responsibility.

For Mora, the most important thing is to believe in herself and do what she really loves. “If all people followed their dreams, the world would be a better place. Thus, many women have shown that this industry is the right place for us too,” added Mora.

Jimena is an example of the great path that women forge every day, thanks to their efforts and hard work. And for women like her, the stigmas and questions faced are less and less every day. Mismo, a renowned technology company, invites us all to empower Costa Rican women and encourage to pursue their dream. And Mismo also extends an invitation to be part of their team.

According to data from the Ministry of Science and Technology (2020), the number of women engineering graduates has grown by 320% over the last two decades. However, according to information from the National Academy of Sciences for the same year, women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) represented less than 30% of professionals in these areas. 

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