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Latina engineers push to defy odds in tech and increase their numbers

The lack of diversity in the tech world continues to garner headlines and raise questions about the lack of gender representation in the tech workforce.

For Latina engineers, the path to success continues to be an uphill battle.

“There are very few people who look like me in this field,” explains Medalis Trelles, a 26-year-old software engineer currently working in Washington, D.C. “It’s very easy to feel overwhelmed when everyone is male.”

Only 13 percent of U.S. engineering jobs are held by women, and an even smaller percentage by Latinas. According to the latest report by the National Science Foundation, only 2 percent of employed engineers are Hispanic women.

Read full article at NBC News.