Tuesday, December 17, 2013

C'mon, gals, we can code

According to Government Technology Magazine (November), in a story by Colin Wood, women earn 57% of all undergrad degrees and 52% of all math and science degrees.

But in computer science, women represent only 18% of grads.

They are teaching two-year-olds to code in nursery school, so the sort of condescending implication is that more women could do it, too.

But we do need women to get into this! By 2020, there will be 1.4 million computing-related openings--and only 30% of those will find workers.

We equate technical and masculine, the story asserts. (I know I do, bad bad Star, although recently a tech took over my computer and installed some software that baffled me--and she was a woman, or as I prefer to say, a Cyber Goddess.)

Some groups are cropping up that encourage women to get into this work (iUrban Teen Tech is one, Black Girls Code is another ). There are scholarships galore for women willing to get into computing.

Kids need mentors--hip teachers--encouragement. Those two-year-olds will grow up coding. Nothing stands still.

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