To create a network of empowered women who feel confident in their abilities to code and build meaningful, well crafted web and mobile applications.
By teaching women around the world from diverse backgrounds to learn software development, we can help improve their careers and confidence in their everyday lives.
How Does This Relate to MKE?
How did this happen?
Starts at a young age
Depiction through media of primarily male profession
Absence of Role Models
"I never went into physics or the astronaut corps to become a role model. But after my first flight, it became clear to me that I was one. And I began to understand the importance of that to people. Young girls need to see role models in whatever careers they may choose, just so they can picture themselves doing those jobs someday. You can't be what you can't see."
Toys at a young age
Difficult for teachers to incorporate computational thinking beyond math in most public schools
Comment about the article:
"As a kid, I loved programming. When I became a teenager, I got wind that it wasn't "cool" and got spooked. For someone as insecure as I was, having a hobby that I couldn't really "explain" felt embarrassing. Had I known a single other kid / girl that like computers like I did, I might have continued on that path and not been distracted for about 10 yrs."
Why is this Important?
Computer applications have an increasing influence in society
Benefits of Gender Diversity:
In order to withstand competition from abroad our country must have women playing a larger role.
Addition of women would mitigate innovation-hindering effects like homogenized groupthink.
Need for more diversity in problem thinking
Gender diverse workforce will help businesses to better cater to their clients...
People purchasing a product have varied interests and aren't just men
Neil Degrasse Tyson
"So I think we are at an interesting paradox. Access to science is greater than ever before... Yet, you have people who believe they are scientifically literate but, in fact, are not... We're an elective democracy where science and technology will define where the economically strong countries in the world will be... You can't have people making decisions about the future of the world who are scientifically illiterate."
Early Programmers: Ada Lovelace
Ada Lovelace is often described as the first programmer
What this is NOT
This is not because women need more help than men to be successful -- the help here is about providing access to peer networks & as a support group.