Ever since emancipation from British colonial rule in the early 1960's, Jamaicans have explored building national science and technology capabilities to improve the economy and their welfare. But following the adoption of the 1990 national policy for science and technology, there has been increasing awareness that historical and social cultural influences sometimes hinder progress in science and technology. Given the lack of literature on the topic, this book provides a framework for identifying and exploring these underlying influences through the stories of thirteen women in Jamaica whose work contributes to building national science and technology capabilities. Their stories are analyzed through themes of identity, learning, and care. The analysis sheds light on where Jamaica's history needs to be retold, where education and collaboration between public and private institutions improved, and where the work of these women contributes to progress on the national policy. This book should be of interest to Jamaicans and others struggling with building national capabilities, and those curious about lingering influences of colonial rule.