Grasshopper Women - Peruvian Globalization

Nov 7, 2013, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Marsh 216

Documentary by Jeff Seward. Reception to follow. Four Peruvian women's stories of working in a high tech-field in a male-dominated society.

World Premier: Documentary by Jeff Seward

Nov. 7
7 to 9 p.m.
Marsh 216, Pacific University, Forest Grove (see for map)

Reception to follow. This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Professor Jeff Seward, Center for Gender Equity, Hispanic Heritage Student Association, and Diversity Office

“The Grasshopper Women” looks at four Peruvian women who were pioneers in an ambitious nationalistic experiment to create an elite corps of computer professionals in Peru.  The program explores their experiences as women in a male-dominated society and profession and also the way that their IBM training enabled them, despite the original nationalistic intentions of the program, to launch lives and careers all over the world — in Venezuela, Brazil, France, Canada, and the U.S.

“Grasshopper Women” also explores the immigrant dilemma of the women’s dual identities and their sense of whether or not they should feel guilty about "abandoning" the country that gave them their training.

The documentary is feature length (one hour and 18 minutes) and is highlighted by stories of the women's lives as told through edited interviews and live footage from Peruvian locations, including Machu Picchu.

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