For decades, there has been a major gender diversity gap in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The tech world as we know it, is male dominated with little female representation in leadership roles. In 2014, The National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT) revealed, a mere 18% of all computer and information science degrees were held by women. Women also make up just 26% of professional computing occupations, while only about 15% have at least one female founder. Leaders in the industry are acknowledging the gender deficit and have been encouraging women to join the industry.
Girls Who Code has been on the front line of the revolution. Just this past year, the nonprofit organization aiming to close the gender gap in technology taught a whopping 10,000 young women software skills across 40 States. Founder Reshma Saujani, a former New York City public advocate, discovered her mission while running for Congress in 2010. Saujani tells Teen Vogue, “In that journey, I was going to classrooms full of boys. Whether it was a robotics class, or a computer science class, I looked around and asked myself, ‘Where are the girls?’”
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