We dudes sure can be dolts about a lot of stuff–especially those of us with a strong inkling towards technology. From “brogrammers” to idiotic sexist gamer trolls, at times it can seem like we men are doing everything we can to ensure the nasty old boys club mentality that pervades so many other industries keeps its foothold in tech.
Thank god for sensible women like former NYC deputy public advocate Reshma Saujani, who recently started Girls Who Code, a New York-based organization seeking to “educate, inspire and equip 13- to 17-year-old girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in technology and engineering.”
Saujani and her team hope to achieve that goal by offering programs to educate teenage girls in computer science and encourage them to get involved in the field. Girls in the program will be paired with veteran women from the tech field, who will act as mentors. The program will kick off this summer with an 8-week class beginning this August in NYC, with programs in other cities to follow.
The early outlook for Girls Who Code is good, with a high-profile endorsement from Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and backing from Twitter, Google and eBay.
For those of you keeping score, that makes two female-oriented tech initiatives making waves in New York this month.
Girls are awesome! They run the world, and there’s no reason they shouldn’t be running things in the tech industry as well. We live in a culture that serially discourages young women from engaging with computers in a deep way, and it’s high time for someone to come in and try to break that cycle–so hats off to Saujani and the rest of the Girls Who Code team.
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