If you educate a girl, you educate a Nation.
What does Women's History Month mean to you?
To me Women’s History Month is a time to remember and honor all those women who have fought for our rights, many losing their lives in the process and to make a commitment to their memory to never give up until we are all truly equal.
Black women, in particular, have been accomplishing the unthinkable for centuries. I think we’ve come a long way in recognizing the contributions by all women to past and current events, but we still have a way to go. While we should all take some time this month to appreciate the women who made great contributions to society and helped pave the way for today’s leaders, while recognizing the contributions of those leaders as well, this is really something we should be doing every day.
STEM advocate, Aisha Lawrey, has 20 years of experience on this journey. Working in industry, government, nonprofits, and education she knows how to engage many different stakeholders, at all levels. Her focus is on increasing the number of women and minorities in engineering.
Aisha currently works for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), Inc. as the Senior Director, Programs and Scholarships. She is responsible for planning, directing and executing all scholarships and program activities. Prior to joining NACME, Aisha was the Director of Engineering Education with the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME). She directed and guided the work of ASME in helping to shape the future of mechanical engineering and engineering technology.
She is currently an AAAS IFTHEN STEM Ambassador. Aisha obtained a Master of Public Administration and Policy from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. A New Jersey native, Aisha now resides in Maryland with her husband and 13-year-old twins.