Women are not new to mining in the Southwest, but they still face some of the same barriers that existed more than a century ago. The recently launched Arizona chapter of Women in Mining USA is looking to change that.
“Diverse teams make for better results in terms of ideas and profit,” said Rosa Maria Rojas, MGE assistant professor of practice and president of WIM-Arizona. “As companies increase diversity and inclusion in our industry, everyone prospers.”
Today women account for between 8% and 13% of workers in the U.S. mining industry, according to government reports.
“We can do better than that – if we provide enough support and resources,” said Rojas, who earned an MS in mining engineering at the UA in 2013 and received a Outstanding Young Professional award from the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration in 2018.