Jamila H. Lindo was born in Jamaica and grew up in both London and New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with minors in Environmental Engineering and Religious Studies from Manhattan College. She is currently a graduate student at Columbia University. Her engineering and construction experience ranges from transportation engineering in New York City to Microsoft's global data center construction. Jamila has a passion for encouraging young girls, especially those of color, to explore STEM fields.
Did you know women of color earn the smallest share of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) degrees?
From 2017 to 2018, women of color only earned about 14% of bachelor's degrees in STEM fields. Of the 14%, black women, in particular, earned only 2.9% of bachelor's degrees in STEM.
The solution? It is important to address the absence of women of color in STEM by beginning with early childhood experiences and children's literature. In addition, it is also crucial that we change the stereotype that STEM fields are reserved for men only. This stereotype prevents girls of color to see themselves in the position of a STEM professional. In the book, "Girls Can Be Engineers, Too," I introduce the image of a young black girl interested in exploring male-dominated fields and her mother, a structural engineer.
The purpose of "Girls Can Be Engineers" is to encourage girls to explore male-dominated fields and to normalize the image of black women in STEM fields. The book stars a young girl in search of a career for her school's upcoming Career Day. Each time she chooses a career, she becomes discourages because her chosen careers seem to be only for boys. With the help of her mother, a structural engineer, she learns she can do anything despite her gender.
Did you know less than 12% of children's books have main characters of color?
In our mission to diversify children's literature, we have included characters from different backgrounds so children from various backgrounds can see themselves in our characters.