The goal of the Women’s Audio Mission is to demystify the soundboard, the soldering tools and the technology that often serve as barriers to women who want to enter the male-dominated field of audio production.

“It can be a bit of a boys’ club,” Noelle Duncan, WAM’s facility and media manager, says of the recording arts industry.

WAM’s staff is entirely female, and the classes it offers to children, young adults and older people are for women only.

Terri Winston, the group’s executive director and founder, says that studies show all-female classrooms lead to stronger focus and greater participation among students. In 2009, WAM was visited by representatives from President Barack Obama’s Office on Social Innovation, which wanted to study its model for educating women and young girls in technology.

We here at Mission Local are very grateful that such an effective and important organization is in our neighborhood!

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