Monday, August 18, 2014

Girls Who Code: Encouraging Young Women to Study Computer Science

"Women represent 12% of all computer science graduates. In 1984, they represented 37% of all computer science graduates." This, according to Girls Who Code, an organization aimed at introducing girls to the world of computer coding. Clubs are forming around the United States.

Computer coding--creating and maintaining the blips and bleeps behind the technology (cell phone apps, computer programs, software, etc.) that we all rely on more and more each day--is a growing and lucrative field. The diminishing number of females studying in this area means that many women will be locked out of the computing career field.

This is a field with which we all should be familiar in order to participate in the career market of the future. If you have a daughter or teach female students, the Girls Who Code website is worth checking out.