Shout Out Saturday is a series meant to highlight real and singular women and non-binary people, in a variety of lines of work, both ‘known’ and unknown, from across the country.
Beth Rosenberg is a native New Yorker who loves people, art, technology and cats! She spent the first part of her career in the world of museum education where she worked for ten years in the Education Department at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC. She then got involved with using technology as a tool to educate students at Eyebeam Center for Art & Technology in Brooklyn. After consulting for many museums and community organizations in NYC around best learning strategies for students with autism and learning disabilities, she founded Tech Kids Unlimited for students who learn differently.
Tech Kids Unlimited (TKU) is a NYC-based not-for-profit education organization, which teaches computational thinking, 21st century technology and social-emotional learning skills to neurodiverse students ages 7 to 21. These students usually are on the autism spectrum or have other learning and emotional disabilities. The mission of TKU is to open up the field of technology to students with disabilities to help them become the techies of tomorrow.
Glitter Box: What is the realest, most honest piece of advice you have for a woman working her way up in your field (or any field)?
Beth: My advice for young women is to never give up pursuing your dreams--but make sure they are realistic. In other words, make sure you aspire to something that is attainable based on your level of education and means. Another thing I like to tell women is -- don’t take no for an answer. Never forget that you are in charge of you. Don’t let other people push you around. Women have a lot of innate strength, afterall, we are the ones who give birth to human life!** We can never forget that women continue to fight for our human rights everyday-- from voting to getting an abortion -- nothing comes easy for women. Don’t be discouraged, instead use this inner rage or love or whatever it is inside you to pursue your passions.
Glitter Box: What do you think is the most important thing we need to do to achieve a more equitable and just society?
Beth: I would say that getting women in positions of power at all levels-- government, corporations, health, education, housing and finance industries is the way to change society for the better. However, we have to be careful here. There are some women who get into power positions and don’t help the cause. But, then we can look at someone like Ruth Bader Ginsburg who did so much good for women; and the possibility that Senator Kamala Harris could be our first-ever woman vice-president is so exciting.
Glitter Box: What does success look like to you? In your field, what are you working towards or striving for?
Beth: I am striving to get students who learn differently access to technology skills which can help them become producers of culture, not just consumers. This will hopefully help these students find meaningful employment. Success for me equals: I did a good amount of work today and hung out with my family and ate healthy for the day. That is success. Success is having no regrets, success is feeling good about yourself and building a life for yourself that you love.
** there is a wide array of birthing bodies, not all women give birth and not all people who give birth are women