How 'Girls Who Code' is working to change the face of computer science and technology
Close your eyes and picture your idea of the typical computer whiz. Got it? If you're like most people, you probably imagined a slightly dorky guy. And maybe that stereotype of a computer geek was true(ish) in the past, but it won't be accurate for much longer if Girls Who Code have their way.
The mission of Girls Who Code is to 'inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.' Basically, there are a TON of tech jobs and there aren't enough women in the technology and engineering fields.
Google's workforce is only 30% female - Yahoo is 37%, Facebook is 31%, and LinkedIn is 39%
20% of software developers are women
Women made up 26% of the computing workforce in 2013
Girls in Technology
So, why should you care?
Well, for one, tech jobs are GOOD jobs. Society is only going to become more reliant on computers, cell phones, etc. and jobs in the computer science field are generally recession proof - that means when everybody else is worrying about their job, you probably won't have to.
"Here's a tip for incoming and current college students: If you want to have a high-paying job on graduation day, study computer science." NetworkWorld
Here's something else - technology jobs are FUN.
Want to design an iPhone game? Or design and code a website? Or work in animation? Computer Science is where it's at.
Which brings us back to Girls Who Code and their Summer Immersion Program - your opportunity to get FREE instruction and mentorship in the fields of robotics, web design, and mobile development. They have programs all over the country and even provide scholarships to cover transportation for some students.
Interested in learning more about computer science? Fill out the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program Interest Form - and check out the rest of their site.
Questions? I'm sure you've got plenty. The Girls Who Code FAQ page is a great place to start.
So what does a future computer scientist look like? This: