Patricia is a Latina feminist activist and blogger, and a Civil Engineer who promotes STEM education for women. She received her Bachelor of Sciences from Columbia University, where she concentrated in Construction Management and Structural Engineering.
She combines her experiences as a Latina, a feminist, and an engineer to advocate and inspire girls considering careers in the fields of STEM and speak on transnational feminism. Patricia’s work mostly revolves around the Latino/a community, feminism, cultural identity, gender stereotypes, and workplace sexism.
Patricia’s writings can be found at her blog Womanisms, or at Flyover Feminism and Sex and Fessenjoon. Additionally, her work has been cross-posted on Double X Science, STEMinist, and Role/Reboot. Patricia was formerly a host at Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio where she spoke about political and social issues.
Read her Everyday Feminism articles here.
Location: New York, NY
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To arrange to have Patricia speak at your event, please complete this form here and we will be in touch soon. Her presentations include:
- Gender Bias, Sexism, and Stereotypes in STEM – In this presentation the speaker discusses the challenges women and minorities face in entering STEM fields from a very early age. The presenter discusses current statistics, gendered toys, stereotype threat, and cultural stigmas that keep women and minorities away from STEM fields. Watch a video of her on the Women’s Funding Alliance panel.
- STEM Outreach for Girls and Minority Groups – This presentation discusses tool and techniques educators, groups, and organizations can use to engage girls and minority groups in STEM education. The presenter will provide resources that educators can use to further develop the interest of underrepresented minorities in STEM.
- Working in a Male-Dominated Fields – Once girls and minorities enter the professional world in STEM they find that stereotypes, sexism, and hostility are part of their daily lives. This presentation discusses the ways in which a workspace can be hostile and teaches individuals how to respond and/or handle situations.
- Battling Sexism in STEM, Construction, and Other Non-Traditionally Female Employment – This presentation will explore the ways in which women have been traditionally pushed away from careers in blue collar male-dominated fields due to stereotypes and not abilities. It will also discuss methods to recruit and retain women in non-traditional employment and make the workplace more welcoming and less hostile to women.
- Transnational Feminism and Cultural Identity – Feminism is complicated and multi-dimensional for transnational women. Our struggles are not always the same as those of mainstream feminists and we struggle for a voice in a world that sees us as “third world” women with a homogenous identity. This presentation discusses what transnational feminism is and how feminists can work together to recognize differences while building solidarity and bridging our struggles.
- Latina/o Feminism and Ethno-Racial Identity – This presentation explores Latina identity and how our experiences, cultures, languages, and ethno-racial identity shape our feminist thought in the Unites States. In this discussion we explore mestizaje, colorism, multiculturalism, and language.
All topics can be adapted to be presentations, keynote speeches, or workshops and can be tailored to the audience. If you don’t see a topic that quite meets your needs but think we can cover it, just let us know. We are also willing to create a signature talk or workshop for groups.
Past Presentations Include:
- Women in STEM Fields panel presentation, SUNY Fredonia, March 2016.
- Latino/a Feminism and Ethno-Racial Identity presentation, Kellogg Community College, March 2016.
- Transnational/Global Feminism, Global Identity presentation, Cornell College, January 2016.
- Gender Bias, Sexism, and Stereotypes in STEM presentation, Xavier University, October 2015.
- The Role of Feminism in Fighting Sexism in STEM Fields presentation, Dickenson College, February 2015.
- Gender Bias, Sexism, and Stereotypes in STEM presentation, Carnegie Mellon University, February 2015.
What Others Have To Say About Patricia
Patricia’s speaking engagement was rich with her personal experiences and she was able to speak directly to many students in the audience and help them to situate their own identities. She was engaging and spoke about the barriers, trials, and her passions within the contexts of higher education, STEM, and feminism. She was an absolute delight to work with.
– JoAnna Murphy, Assistant Director of Women’s and Inclusion Programs, Rowan University
“Patricia gave a presentation for our college on global feminism and transnational identities with a session for questions afterwards. Her talk was accessible and informative. Our group really enjoyed getting to know Patricia and found that her unique presentation style made her memorable and fun to listen to.”
– Bailey Robb, President of the Third Wave Resource Group at Cornell College
“I would like to thank you for being such an amazing speaker. We loved having you on campus and enjoyed talking to you about issues that affect our Latino/a community.”
– Gracia Manzanares-Torres, Events Coordinator of Vista, the Latino/a and allies organization at Williams College
“We all loved having you with us. I’ve received several notes from faculty telling me how wonderful you are, expressing their interest in your talk and your really wise answers to questions. I loved your answer, in particular, about how to handle negative ‘stuff” that detractors feel compelled to write on your blogs. My colleagues and I also appreciate greatly your affirming our students as writers and good “storytellers”. You were, simply and utterly, just great! Thank YOU!”
– Prof. Jerilyn Fisher, Ph.D. Professor of English, Coordinator – Women’s and Gender Studies, Hostos Community College
“I am so glad you enjoyed being a part of the panel and the day! The girls were particularly responsive to you and you were very personable and engaging.I will definitely keep you in mind for future events.”
– Toni Armstrong, Community Engagement and Program Specialist, Girls Incorporated of New York City
“We invited Patricia to come to Seattle for two events related to the topic of work, race and gender. We were very happy with the perspective and insights Patricia shared—she ties her personal experience to the wider experience of women in the workplace. Patricia is smart, articulate and has an awesome sense of humor.”
– Kristen Spangler, Director of Programs and Finance, Women’s Funding Alliance