5 Powerful and Unusual Women of Mexico

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
17-Norma-Romero-Vázquez“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
29-ANA-MARÍA-CETTOThis 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
44-DANIELA-LIEBMANDaniela 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
46-DAFNE-ALMAZÁNOn 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
47-SILVIA-TORRES-PEIMBERTShe 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.


  1. Es extraño que Patricia Villa Lever no está incluido ..

    .CITAC surge como respuesta a las necesidades de la comunidad de Tapalpa.
    Patricia Villa Lever Inicia en el año de 1992 con un proceso de apoyo a una niña con lesión cerebral. Esta situación motiva a organizar el primer servicio a favor de niños y niñas con problemas de enseñanza- aprendizaje. En 1994 con la donación de un terreno y el apoyo de las autoridades municipales, estatales y de particulares se funda la Escuela de Educación Especial. La experiencia y los resultados en el trabajo con la Secretaría de Educación enriquecieron la visión en el aspecto educativo y reafirma la importancia de dar una atención integral. En 1996 se establece formalmente como ONG denominada Centro de Integración Tapalpa, A. C. “CITAC”. En septiembre del 2002 el CITAC, realiza su propia estructura integrado la promoción de valores, el desarrollo de habilidades de pensamiento, y la educación artística. Crea nuevos programas con flexibilidad que atiendan las problemáticas sociales de Tapalpa, apoyos de instancias gubernamentales, empresarios, fundaciones y particulares. En 2007 se comienza el proyecto Centro Cultural “ocho soles”, dentro de las instalaciones de la Organización; está en su última etapa y tiene como finalidad, ser un centro de desarrollo de actividades artísticas y punto de desarrollo educativo y cultural para la región.

    La última vez que estuve allí, CITAC estaba atendiendo alrededor de 450 estudiantes y sus familias

  2. I am always interested in the most powerful women in any society, for as the saying goes, she who rocks the baby cradle rules the world. I would assume that the present Mexico First Lady, and the prior First Lady, who is planning to run for President , are included in the 300 most influential women decision makers in the country.

    After sleeping on this article overnight, I am wondering why Norma Romero Vazquez , Coordinator of Las Partonas , who knows God through migrants they feed crossing abroad the famous La Bestia train that crosses the country to bring migrants into the United States … was selected at all? My understanding was the Mexican government had sent solders to insure that the migrants were not riding on the top of the train to avoid people from falling off, as a safety measure.

    Of course , my concern are all the immigrants from south and central America, and other countries that are entering the U.S. southern border. Generally it is not the most desirable that sneak into American riding on top of trains.

    The U.S. like Mexico has made same sex marriages constitutional , even though in the U.S. , only some 2 percent of the people are homosexual, and not all of them want to get married. It is being said that by the Supreme Courts of both countries have interpreted the Constitutions to guarantee same sex marriages , that in so doing, the Supreme Courts have invalidated legislative and religious laws, in addition to the peoples Common Law, and now anyone can make a law or interpret existing laws by changing the meaning of words, or with the power to enforce them.

    This makes Mexico no better or worse than the United States . And in the U.S. , two of the minority dissenting Supreme Court Justices have said: “The Majority is a threat to American Democracy” and another “invokes comparison to slavery in raging gay-marriage descent”. “Also its decision will have inestimable consequences for our Constitution and our society”.

  3. In another night of thinking why the Supreme Courts of both the U.S. and Mexico would disrupt the cultures of both countries , I believe it must have to do with the Big Lie that countries tell their people to confuse and control them.

    I will tell you why. Both countries are said to have waged unsuccessful drug wars. Actually they have waged successful drug wars when it comes to weakening the peoples desire for reformation of government, the public demonstrations, and in controlling the people.

    The Drugs are their weapons against us. With LSD, opium, cocaine, heroin , marijuana, estacy, and amphetamines , they have through addiction , focused the peoples minds away from government, and the peoples biggest problem. The same can be said for legalizing same sex marriage in countries where the majority of citizens are of the Christian faith.

    Why would there be big crops of these drugs in both countries, if the not for the government involvement in their cultivation, and distribution. This is one of the reasons for the growing divide between the wealthy upper class, and the growing lower poverty class. It is not just the drug users in America, but also the drug users in Mexico.

    As the old saying goes, “It takes one to know one”.

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