The Forbes list of the most powerful women in Mexico encompasses a number of professions in which women are driving change. But there are five who have excelled in unusual areas. Here we present them.
The second list of powerful women by Forbes Mexico highlights the most influential women in Mexico in various fields such as business, research, sport and culture.
Their influence on the country’s progress is clear. According to the annual report Global Leadership Forecast 2014-2015 by consulting agency Development Dimensions, businesses with higher financial output and 20% more likely to have women in senior management and leadership roles. Although there are still some barriers to full professional fulfillment, the role of women within organizations and businesses is increasingly important.
Well understood by Forbes Mexico, they will present the first Forum on Powerful Women, “Redefining Power”, bringing together in 300 of the most influential decision-makers in the country and Latin America. Of the most powerful women, five stand out as leaders in areas of unusual work.
Norma Romero Vazquez, coordinator of Las Patronas
“We know God through migrants,” said Norma, who daily drives a 1997 Chevrolet truck to buy vegetables, bread and pick up the goods that businesses donate; feeding at least 150 migrants a day. She heads the humanitarian group, Las Patronas, consisting of 14 women from Amatlán de los Reyes, Veracruz, who for the past 20 years prepare dozens of packages with a bag of rice, beans or tortillas, a can of tuna, fruit and candy.
This they feed migrants crossing aboard the infamous La Bestia, the train that crosses the country bringing migrants into the United States.
At this time, The Bosses have been proposed to be nominated to receive the Princess of Asturias Award for Concord 2015.
Ana Maria Cetto, a researcher at the UNAM
This year will be unforgettable for Ana Maria Cetto. The PhD in Physics from UNAM heads the construction of the Museum of Light in University City, an ambitious project of 10,000 square meters and an investment of over 350 million pesos (mp), which is in charge of the architectural firm Nuño MacGregor De Buen.
“You make decisions every day and there are times that take years to be felt the effects. For me, the most important decision is to put all my efforts so that this museum is running in 2016,” said Cetto.
The researcher is also one of the main organizers of the International Year of Light, which opened in Paris in early 2015 and will close in February in the city of Merida. She was a participant of the Nobel Peace Prize as a member of the Executive Committee of the Pugwash Conferences and participant of the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize as Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency 2005.
Daniela Liebman, Pianist
Daniela is petit for her 13 years. Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, she began studying piano at age five and at eight debuted in a concert with the Symphony of Aguascalientes, thus became the youngest in Mexico to play as a soloist with a professional orchestra.
This year, she signed a contract with Park Avenue Artists, a US agency; she has also performed at Carnegie Hall and last year debuted at the Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato. She was also recognized with the National Youth Award in 2014.
Dafne Almazán, Child Prodigy
On August 12, Dafne – at 13 years old will become the youngest psychologist in the world when she receives her online degree from Monterrey Tech. Dafne plans to apply for her master’s degree in education and then pursue a doctoral degree.
The genius girl received her first years of education at (Cedat), an institution run by her parents. She obtained her primary diploma at six years of age, took two years to finish high school and started college at 10.
Silvia Torres Peimbert , an astronomer and researcher
She first fell in love with physics and eventually found her way into astronomy. Silvia Torres this year will become the first Latin American woman to assume the post of president of the International Astronomical Union (IAU, for its acronym in English), from 2015 to 2018. The Mexican scientist studied physics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), is a researcher emeritus, and has a doctorate in astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley. She received the National Science Prize, the L’Oréal-Unesco Award for women scientists in Latin America in 2011 and Hans A. Bethe Prize of the American Physical Society in 2012 for her research on planetary nebulae.