TUCSON, Ariz. — Linda Brown grew up with no concept of mining, but after more than 25 years working for IBM and other technology companies that service the mining industry, she saw all the obstacles women have faced in the field.
"It's a challenging industry to be promoted and work their way through the ranks," Brown explained.
Brown now serves as the President for Women in Mining National. She's helped launch a new chapter in Arizona.
According to the organization, men make up 92% of the total workforce in the industry -- a number the new Chapter President Rosa Maria Rojas hopes to change.
"Diverse teams generate better results in terms of more profits and more innovating ideas," Rojas said.
Rojas is a mining engineer and one who has been in the trenches of the field. She believes women will bring a different perspective that is needed. Through networking Rojas hopes the Arizona chapter will help guide younger women who look to pursue a career in the industry.
Leaders say they hope to have at least three women on each company mining boards within the next decade.
If you want to find more information or join the organization, visit their website.