Norteño music is still one of those genres that Mexican men seem to dominate over their female counterparts. Despite the likes of Paquita La Del Barrio and Jenni Rivera having made great inroads in the music industry for all mujeres, it still holds very true that we can probably count all of the big name Norteño songstresses out there in one single hand. Será por que los hombres have just been at it for much longer, or could it be that there just aren’t as many opportunities out there for women in this industry?

We met up with Houston-based singer Tania Mondragon recently and here’s what she had to say on the subject of women in Norteño music.