Tearing Down Barriers: Women Who Challenge Labor Stereotypes

In celebration of the International Women’s Day, the U.S. Embassy hosted a large group of outstanding Bolivian women who have challenged traditionally male-dominated jobs and activities. The initiative, led by U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Marianne Scott, brought together successful women from all walks of life to share their experiences and inspire other women.

Among the outstanding speakers were Paola Velazco Pinedo, one of the first female pilots of Boeing B737-300 aircraft; General Gina Reque Terán, the first woman to obtain the rank of General in the Bolivian Army; Lidia Huayllas, who has climbed many high Bolivian mountains and Aconcagua; Catalina Seleme, one  the best Bolivian soccer goalies; and Saavedra Ordoñez, former departmental councilor and promoter of gender equity.

The event also featured other presentations by women leaders in their fields, including HIV-AIDS activist Gracia Violeta Ross; Puma Katari bus driver Mercedes Quispe Fernández; and María Antonieta Cruz Mayta, leader of the Bolivian Association of Women in the Construction Business.