Girls Who Code Aims to Reach Gender Parity by 2020

by Morgan Cruz, Marketing Content Coordinator, MHI | @mhi_morgan

Today technology careers are largely male dominated, however we are seeing a movement to close the gender gap by major tech companies, public figures and pop culture icons. Girls Who Code is one of the leading organizations in this movement and aims to provide computer science education and exposure to one million young women by 2020. Their programs work to inspire, educate and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

Girls who code explains “to close the gender gap in technology, we have to inspire girls to pursue computer science by exposing them to real life and on screen role models. We engage engineers, developers, executives, and entrepreneurs to teach and motivate the next generation. Our guest speakers, mentors, and instructors are leaders in their fields, working in positions our girls aspire to attain.”

Reshma Saujani is the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code and the former Deputy Public Advocate of New York City.  She is an role model and an excellent example of female leadership for young girls. In 2010, Reshma became the first South Asian woman to run for Congress, promoting smarter policies to spur innovation and job creation.

CNN provided an overview of the value and impact of Girls Who Code in the video, Code for Success.

Check our the many ways to get involved as a volunteer, corporation, community partner or job seeker. Help spread awareness and join the conversation by following Girls Who Code on Twitter and Instagram!

Also, check out the recent MHI Solutions article on how women are changing the face of supply chain leadership.