Women and girls create more than two-thirds of content on social networking sites. They also use the internet 17 percent more than males. But less than 14 percent of computer science degrees are earned by women. Girls Who Code, a New York City organization featured in this Huffington Post story, aims to address this gap by giving teen girls computer science skills and exposure to leading tech companies and professionals.
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"When we talk about STEM, we talk about science, math and engineering, but we don't focus on the 'T' -- the technology part," Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, said. "We fundamentally believe computer science should be mandatory in every high school, and this is the beginning of that movement."
A different program with the same goal – to encourage girls to contribute their talents to STEM careers – took place in May in Indianapolis. More than a hundred young women built robots, thanks to Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis and a team of female volunteers from STEM businesses. Several CICF Funds support Girls Inc.’s efforts including the Efromyson Family Fund, Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, The Indianapolis Foundation and the Summer Youth Program Fund.
Read more about the Girls Inc. robot-making workshop.