Nevertheless, Frances Coded

Why I continue to code as a Latina in tech.


I continue to code because…

The Bureau of Labor reported in 2016 that women made up only 25 percent of computing-related occupations. And when looking at women of color like myself, the numbers become even more ridiculously dismal with Latinas and Black women holding only 1% and 3% of computing jobs, respectively.

So what can one conclude from all this?

Well, first, let me provide some context.

A unicorn is a startup company valued at over $1 billion. The term was coined because the chances of a startup becoming a unicorn are very statistically rare (about 1.28% likely to happen).

This means that according to those standards, I’m quite literally a “unicorn” in the sense that I’m part of the 1% of Latinas that considers herself a die-hard software engineer.

Now I became aware of this isolation a long time ago and have since developed a strong desire to want to motivate and aid those who want to enter the tech field but may not feel like they’ll fit in.

But to truly break down this stereotype, we need to have more Latinas pursuing tech careers.

We must lead by example and inspire others who look like us to show them that yes, Latinas can indeed code and lead in the tech industry.

In any industry, really.

And THAT is why I continue to code.

Image courtesy of Miguel Á. Padriñán on Pexels

By Frances Coronel

Frances Coronel is a software engineer specializing in UI development on the Customer Acquisition Team at Slack where her mission is to make your working life simpler, more pleasant, and more productive.

She has been working professionally as a developer since 2015 and holds a Bachelors in Computer Science from Hampton University and a Masters in Computer Science from Cornell Tech.

Outside of Slack, Frances is an Executive Director of Techqueria, a 501c3 nonprofit that serves the largest community of Latinx in Tech in the US.

She also supports Code Nation as a member of their Bay Area Leadership Council and the Latino Community Foundation as a member of their Latinos in Tech Giving Circle.