Last week I came across a great article in regards to Google trying to get more younger girls involved in coding. Having worked in the technology industry for several years now, I can personally attest that women are few and far between. In the past, when hiring new network engineers, we would cross our fingers and HOPE to get at least one application for a woman. Needless to say, that application came in only one time that I can remember.
Sadly, less than one percent of high school girls think of computer science as being part of their future, even though it’s still one of the fastest-growing fields today. According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is projected there will be 4.2 million jobs by 2020. Google is trying to change the gender disparity in the computer technology workforce by launching a campaign called “Made with Code.”
I highly recommend checking out their website, I was very inspired after watching the opening video that stated “You are a girl who understands bits exist to be assembled. When you learn to code, you can assemble anything that you see missing. And in so doing, you will fix something, or change something, or invent something, or run something, and maybe that’s how you will play your bit in this world.”
Their website also provides girls with the opportunity to partake in some simple, fun coding lessons. Google is offering $50 million in grants and partnering with Girls Who Code, a nonprofit launched in 2012 that runs summer coding institutes for girls.
Tech firms are overwhelming male — 62 percent of Yahoo’s global employees are men, and 70 percent of Google’s 44K workforce are men. Thankfully, Google initiated a nationwide study to find out why so few women pursue technology careers, finding out that girls have little exposure to technology and computer sciences; however, it doesn’t mean they’re not interested. If parents, friends and teachers encourage their daughters to pursue computer sciences, schools offer more courses and more role models step forward, and the field can be leveled.
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