On April 12, Gloucester County Institute of Technology sophomore engineering student Meredith Baubles was acknowledged at the White House’s Equal Pay Day celebration.
The event featured the dedication of the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument by President Barack Obama and also featured speaker Valerie Jarrett, the White House director of the office of public engagement and intergovernmental affairs.
Baubles was acknowledged by Jarrett for a recent project she worked on with White House Chief Technology Officer Megan J. Smith using GCIT’s engineering technology.
Baubles and Smith met through the Alice Paul Institute in Mount Laurel.
Smith was a guest at the institute’s annual open house where Baubles was featured as a young woman in STEM. After hearing about GCIT’s programs through Baubles, Smith summoned the student to recreate Alice Paul’s famous “Jailed for Freedom” pin using computer-assisted drafting programs.
Baubles was up for the challenge and began working after school with Daniel Pacifico, GCIT’s teacher of information technology and graphic design, to create the pin to be printed three-dimensionally. The pair collaborated over the course of the semester submitting the project to Smith in February. When asked about the student, Pacifico described her as, “highly ambitious and willing to explore all that the field of technology has to offer.”
Smith rewarded Baubles by inviting her to be a guest at the Equal Pay Day celebration. There the student was acknowledged by Jarrett for her skill and dedication to career-technical education.
As for Baubles, the real treat came when she was introduced to Nancy Pelosi, minority leader of
the House of Representatives, and Jonathan B. Jarvis, director of the United States National Park Service. “Most kids ask their parents to take them to Disneyland. I asked mine to go to Valley Forge (National Historic Park). National parks were a major part of my childhood,” Baubles shared on the honor of meeting Jarvis.
When asked where she hopes to go next, the 15-year-old plans to stay in the technology field and is eager to learn more at GCIT.
She plans to continue to serve as a student advisory board member at the prestigious Alice Paul Institute and combine her passion for women’s rights with technology in the future. Meredith is an exemplary example of a GCIT student on the move.
One of the oldest standing homes in the Washington, D.C. area, the Belmont-Paul House has served as the headquarters for the National Woman’s Party since 1929.
There, over 600 pieces of legislation were drafted which helped encourage the move toward women’s equality in Congress. The building is named for party leaders and benefactors Alva Belmont and Alice Paul.
The Alice Paul Institute was founded in 1984 to honor the legacy of Alice Paul’s work for gender equality through education and leadership development.