We are excited to announce the launch of Girls Who Code, a new organization working to increase the number of young women entering the technology and engineering sectors.
Today, just 3.6% of Fortune 500 companies are led by women, and less than 10% of venture capital-backed companies have female founders. Yet females use the internet 17% more than their male counterparts and represent the fastest growing demographic online and on mobile, creating more than two-thirds of content on social networking sites. Technology companies with more women on their management teams have a 34% higher return on investment, and companies with women on technical teams increases teams’ problem-colving ability and creativity.
The numbers speak for themselves. By 2018, there will be 1.4 million computer science-related job openings, yet U.S. universities are expected to produce enough computer science graduates to fill just 29% of these jobs. And while 57% of bachelor’s degrees are obtained by women, less than 14% of computer science degrees are awarded to women.
We’ve set out to address a massive challenge, one girl at a time.
Many thanks to everyone who has helped get us off the ground, including the many engineers, educators and entrepreneurs serving as mentors and advisors in our inaugural summer program.
We’ve got an inspiring group of 13- to 17-year-old women joining the first ever Girls Who Code program beginning July 9. We can wait to share each of their stories with you.
Many thanks to everyone who has helped get this off the ground, including those of you serving as advisors and mentors in our inaugural summer program. We’ve got an inspiring group of 13- to 17-year old women joining the first ever Girls Who Code program beginning July 9.
We can’t wait to share each of their stories with you.