Friday, October 26, 2012

Girls Who Code

Yes, you read that correctly: girls can do computer science just the same as boys. In New York City, Girls Who Code is a non-profit organization that teaches underprivileged girls the art and science of computer science, including developing apps and websites (more than just your standard, drag-and-drop sites).

With only 14% of engineers in the United States being female, and the huge gap between highly-skilled jobs in the STEM industry and qualified workers, this organization and others are focusing on bringing girls into the sciences.

About time, I say. This country is underutilizing 51% of its population, paying them 82% of what they pay men and ignoring their drive and capabilities. As a nation, we cannot afford to alienate girls in STEM any longer.

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