J.H. Lindo is a children’s media company that celebrates Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) exploration. Our goal is to empower children to follow their dreams and contribute to a more inclusive world.
Girls Can Be Engineers
We believe it is important to introduce girls to STEM fields and encourage them to pursue their dreams in these fields. We also recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion in STEM, and are committed to promoting opportunities for girls of color in particular.
With our signature publication, Girls Can Be Engineers, we aim to inspire and empower young girls to follow their passions and believe in their ability to succeed in STEM fields.
Our story stars a young girl named Hannah who is in search of a career for her school's upcoming Career Day. Each time she chooses a career, such as a veterinarian, pilot, and archeologist, she becomes discouraged 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.
"Jamila, thank you for your authorship! As a proud Black American aunt at this time in history, I became excited to learn of a new title to pass on to my family, specifically to my girl nieces! The illustrations are so inviting. The story line is strong and encouraging. The flow and words are easy enough for lower to upper elementary…it can be enjoyed in personal reading as well as for class sharing, and that’s again and again!! Thank you!
I have not read this book, but the person I gave it too as it arrive just in time for bedtime book selection at our home wanted me to say to the author …… and I quote “ Girls Can Do anything”… that’s my Daughter. Thank you for this book. Namaste 🙏🏼
This book is excellent for elementary and middle schoolers. I will be using the Spanish edition of this book in my Spanish class. I teach K-8 and this is a great way to teach students about different jobs using the Target Language (Spanish). I also have the English version which I'm planning to read it after the Spanish edition so students really understand the content. It's so interesting that when I was a child, I always thought that girls could do the same type of work as boys and this book answers those questions I had. This is a dream for those girls who think they can do any type of job. Very interesting story. Thanks
So richtig was vor allem ganz junge Mädchen brauchen...
Girls can be anything they want."
Why Girls In STEM Matter
In today's world, it is important to introduce girls to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields at a young age. Studies have shown that gender stereotypes significantly impact career choices, with around 70% of individuals in 34 countries associating STEM professions with being more suitable for men than for women (UNGEI, 2021; University of Virginia, 2009).
Additionally, perceptions and gender bias can play a role in children's professional aspirations, with children's textbooks often disproportionately portraying STEM characters as males. In the United Kingdom and China, 87% of STEM characters are male, while in India this number reaches 94% (Perasso, 2017).
Ensuring that girls and women have equal access to STEM education and careers is important for both human rights and scientific reasons. From a human rights standpoint, everyone should have the opportunity to pursue the career they want, regardless of their gender. From a scientific perspective, including women in STEM fields can improve the overall quality of outcomes in these fields, as diverse perspectives can bring new ideas, reduce bias, and lead to more thorough and reliable knowledge and solutions.
At J.H. Lindo, we believe in the power of representation and the impact it can have on a child's dreams and aspirations. Our book, Girls Can Be Engineers, is a solution to the lack of representation of female and minority engineers in children's media. By introducing young girls to diverse role models in STEM fields, we hope to inspire them to pursue their passions and break through gender stereotypes. By promoting gender equality in STEM, we can foster economic growth, reduce levels of poverty, and improve global access to quality education. We are committed to using our platform and resources to make a positive impact in the world and promote diversity and inclusion in STEM.
"I can be anything I want and I should not let other people discourage me"
Ann, a student in Kenya
To contribute to our mission of diversifying children's literature and introducing children to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), we have donated over 350 copies of "Girls Can Be Engineers" to children's hospitals, after-school programs, shelters, and organizations focused on promoting children's literacy across the world.
Thank you for your contribution.
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, with concentration in Holocaust Education, from Manhattan College. In addition, she holds a Master of Science from Columbia University in Construction Administration.
As a young professional, Jamila has found herself as the only woman of color in what at first seemed to be unimaginable spaces: from being an engineer in one of the largest transportation projects in the United States to being a problem solver at the top technology companies in the world. She wants to remind children that all things are possible.
Jamila has a passion for volunteering and encouraging young girls, especially those of color, to explore STEM fields.