“There were very few women in my classes throughout my journey as an engineering student. In a class of 75 or 80, only 10 of us were female. I wanted to do something about this conundrum. My love of math is only paralleled by my love of reading so I decided to combine both towards something I was passionate about. I started to write notes for children’s books about girls in science.
The hardest part of becoming an author has been being comfortable enough to share my writing especially in the face of potential failure. What if I’m not good enough? Also, not many children's book authors are Black and that made me question my own ability to write. It was even difficult for me to create Black characters because I wasn't sure if people would read about them or interpret them in the right way. But I have overcome those challenges. I suppose that's what I'm most proud of. I'm proud of pushing despite how terrified I was, and of never giving up despite the mental hurdles I had to cross concerning the art of writing. It’s always a strange battle fighting yourself and your own potential.
I have published two colouring books so far. The second book (Roxy’s Rocket) has my first little Black girl character - and more is on the way! The book follows little Roxy’s journey to find her dog Spot. Just the night before, Roxy and Spot wished on a shooting star to travel to the moon, and the next day Spot has disappeared. Did Spot travel to the moon and how will Roxy ever find him? In her quest, she must build a rocket in the hopes that Spot will get the message, just in case he is on the moon all by himself. The book focuses on the idea of research and having to find answers and materials from different sources.
With people of all ages and races fighting for equality, I have decided to make the Black girl Roxy the main character of all my colouring books, with kid characters of all races joining the series. I also have a podcast planned for next year all about putting real scientific ideas to work in terms of everyday problems as simple as procrastination. I hope through my work, women can see that their faculties of mind are limitless, no matter their passion.” - Jennifer Ladipo, Engineering Student & Author