Girls Who Code is an organization dedicated to “educating, inspiring and equipping young women with the skills and resources to pursue academic and career opportunities in computing fields.” Their goal is to expose and educate enough girls to computer science to help the US reach gender parity in the field by 2020.
To achieve gender equality approximately 4.6 million girls must be educated in order to fill about 700,000 expected jobs because exposure to the field is just a stepping stone, many of those girls will not be interested enough to pursue a career is computing. Hopefully, schools will take a bite out of that larger number. Girls Who Code hopes to reach more than 1 million.
More than a million girls.
Founded in 2012, the Girls Who Code 2013 summer program is expanding across the US. It’s an immersion program that includes intensive instruction, speakers and workshops and connections with mentors. High school juniors who live in NYC, Detroit, San Jose, Davis, or San Francisco can apply for the program. The 2013 application deadline is April 15, so don’t delay.
Girls Who Code is starting clubs in schools and community groups. They’re starting small in a handful of cities and hope to launch nationwide soon. Interested in starting a Girls Who Code club in your area? Click for details.
Hat tip: I first learned about Girls Who Code from the fabulous Liz Dwyer, the education editor at GOOD.