Looking around the tech startup space, it’s hard to ignore that industry leaders are predominantly male. And despite 57% of college graduates in the U.S. being women, only 14% of computer science and engineering degrees are awarded to women.
Girls Who Code hopes to fix the industry’s gender imbalance, by bringing 20 teen girls from underserved New York City neighborhoods together for an eight-week crash course on all things technology. Top tech companies, including Twitter, Google, eBay and General Electric have joined forces to create Girls Who Code.
“When I was running for office, I saw a massive technology divide in communities, especially for girls,” Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani told Mashable, referring to her 2010 campaign for U.S. congress.
“When 70% of public high school students don’t have access to computers in school, we need an option to teach girls coding and computer science outside of school.”
READ MORE: Click belowthe original article from Mashable, written by Zoe Fox