Patricia Valoy is a Latina STEM and women’s rights advocate, blogger, and Civil Engineer. She has over 5 years of experience in all aspects of project development for transportation and institutional facilities, and 2 years of experience in Construction Management.
Patricia has been featured as a guest on the NPR show “Latino USA with Maria Hinojosa” discussing Latina feminism and body image. Additionally, she has spoken in panels for the National Association of Women, Girls for Gender Equity, and Girls Inc. about STEM outreach, gender bias, stereotypes, and sexism in the workplace. She has also been the featured speaker at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts and Columbia University discussing feminism and women in STEM. Her writings can be found at PolicyMic, Everyday Feminism, Double X Science, and STEMinist.
Patricia also speaks and writes on a variety of issues affecting the Latino community and women including under representation of women in STEM, safe abortion access, racism, immigration, cultural and religious pressures, and living at the intersection of two cultures.
She combines her experiences as a Latina and an engineer to advocate and inspire girls considering careers in the fields of STEM. Among other things, Patricia has been known to write about embracing feminism as a Latina, stereotype threat in male dominated fields, and sexual harassment in the construction industry. She formerly hosted a weekly radio show “Let Your Voice Be Heard!” for WHCR 90.3 FM in New York City, where she discussed social and political issues affecting millenials. While hosting “Let Your Voice Be Heard!” Radio she interviewed guests such as media critic Jennifer Pozner on sexism in the media, “The Invisible War” director Kirby Dick on the epidemic of rapes in the military, and Rachel Lloyd of GEMS on Sex Trafficking, among many others.
Follow Patricia on Twitter @besito86.
Fighting the Stereotype that Math is Only for Boys
DoubleXScience.org [August 22, 2012]
Women, Harassment, and Construction Sites
DoubleXScience.org [October 5, 2012]
How to Enter a Male-Dominated Field as a Woman
EverydayFeminism.com [September 16, 2013]
My Name is My Cultural Identity
FlyOverFeminism.com [March 21, 2013]
Shaping a Latina Feminist Identity
FlyOverFeminism.com [August 21, 2012]