Google #MadeWithCode to Inspire Young Girls to Code!

Gender disparity ratio in the U.S. workforce especially in science and engineering fields speaks loud and clear. The situation demands amplified attention to change the prevailing scenario. In recent months, Goldieblox a young-start became a hot favorite amongst feminist and gender equality advocates. The company focuses on selling tinkering toys that encourage young girls to take up STEM fields. We need more than that. Currently, less than 1 percent of high school girls are interested in computer science, but one company wants to alter the script with a sky-aspiring coding program called Made with Code.

It’s Google!

Google investing $50m to inspire girls to learn coding (Website: www.madewithcode.com)

(Website: www.madewithcode.com)

Created with wide support from, Chelsea Clinton, Girls Inc., Girl Scouts of the USA, Mindy Kaling, MIT Media Lab, and National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), Seventeen and TechCrunch, the campaign aims encourage millions of girls to learn to code by connecting them to coding resources, inspirational videos and more. A month ago, Google revealed disappointing stats – only 17% of its tech employees are women. By 2020 there will be a wide gap of 1.4 million jobs at disposal for young Americans, with only 400,000 computer-science graduates from U.S. universities being able to fulfill them. A teensy part of this dire issue is that only 12% of computer-science degrees go to women compared to the 37% in 1984. Silicon Valley needs more engineering talent from another 50% of the population to survive and prosper. By being a part of such a dire issue, Google is initiating efforts to recruit more women into Silicon Valley. “Coding is a fundamental skill that’s going to be a part of almost everything,” says Megan Smith, VP of Google[x]. “So for kids to really at a minimum just be able to express themselves in code and make things and feel confident, that would be important — no matter what their career is.

@Made With Code

The Made with Code website includes innovative coding projects, inspirational stories from female technology role models and many more resources for parents to guide them. The $50 million initiative went live this Thursday at a New York event for 150 high-school girls demonstrating how everything from animated movies to designer fabrics with software are made, hosted by Mindy Kaling and Chelsea Clinton. “Coding is a new literacy and it gives people the potential to create, innovate and quite literally change the world,” said Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube. We’ve got to show all girls that computer science is an important part of their future, and that it’s a foundation to pursue their passions, no matter what field they want to enter. Made with Code is a great step toward doing that.” The efforts are a result of Google’s research which showed that kids are more likely to get inclined towards computer science if they start at an early age and are show how it can help their careers. The tech giant hopes the effort will assist girls to not just learn technology, but to use it as a creation tool in whichever profession they choose. Google has pledged to invest another $15 million in computer-science to fund development of Girls and computer-science education system.

 

Carrie Ann
Carrie Ann is Editor-in-Chief at Industry Leaders Magazine, based in Las Vegas. Carrie covers technology, trends, marketing, brands, productivity, and leadership. When she isn’t writing she prefers reading. She loves reading books and articles on business, economics, corporate law, luxury products, artificial intelligence, and latest technology. She’s keen on political discussions and shares an undying passion for gadgets. Follow Carrie Ann on Facebook

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