One of the great aspects of being involved with a space like Genspace is that it attracts a really interesting array of people. The latest addition to Genspace's team is Ashley Jane Lewis, who's a Maker and Youth Educator. One of her foci is the empowerment of girls and other marginalised groups in tech, which I can only support.
While I do not use my blog to peddle political ideas, it is difficult not to get political, when the topic of equality (which is close to my heart) arises. Just last week the female population of Switzerland went on strike to demand simply overall fairer treatment. As a Swiss woman myself, I was pleased the women back home used the voice they were given only too recently, but at the same time it's sad we still needed to take such measures. While in general, I have found the world of biology and biotech to be a little more diverse than other fields - at Genspace, at biodesign exhibitions and conferences, etc. I see a lot more women than in any other of my previous work environments - much remains to be done. Starting the next generation off on a more equal and confident footing is certainly the right approach, whether it's in tech or any other field.
Watch Ashley's TEDx talk on how Making can unleash superpowers and help young people discover what they're good at:
Ashley is currently studying to get her Masters in ITP (Interactive Telecommunications) at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts as well as working at Genspace as Science Communication Ambassador. With her background, I am sure she will do an excellent job at giving people a better understanding of what our community lab is all about and at reaching more youngsters who are just waiting to discover their superpowers.
You can find out more about her on her website: ashleyjanelewis.com