By Pamela Lynch
Boston, named by Forbes as one of the top ten innovative tech hubs of the U.S., is a great location to maximize JL Boston members’ capabilities and improve our community. Through Tech Trainings and local Innovation and Entrepreneurial Speakers, JL Boston plans to teach members how to solve social problems using new ideas, leveraging Tech skills and expanding members’ toolkits. JL Boston members will have opportunities to train, learn and engage in discussions on technical skills, and how women can make an impact.
“The lack of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is a recognized problem in the industry. Growing up, I remember it not being “cool” to be into calculus and programming. I always wanted to change that perception. I am so happy that we are adding this skill set into the Junior League toolkit. We are hoping that as this program evolves, we can provide this service to the girls we work with and help develop the next generation of girls in STEM.” – Luba Gilpatric, JL Boston Technology Manager and Board of Directors Appointee.
While boys and girls alike show equal interest in STEM learning, research shows that Engineering and Computer Science jobs held by women are less than 30% and Biological and Biomedical Sciences are around 50%. To address this via direct community service work JL Boston’s Research and Development committee is developing a STEM initiative to work with girls to foster their curiosity and build their confidence around these subjects. As Boston continues to lead the way in tech innovation, JL Boston is proud to contribute to the development of tomorrow’s women leaders.
Pamela (Giasson) Lynch has been in the Junior League of Boston for 6 years. She currently serves as President-Elect and professionally, she is a Director of Engineering at a technology startup in Cambridge, MA.