Girls Who Code Club Work to Close the Gender Gap

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Zoe Horwitz

The percent of women in the computer science field, as of 2017, is only 24%. If nothing is done, this percent will keep dropping.

 

Girls Who Code is an international non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Some of their values include bravery, sisterhood, and activism. This exciting club is growing every meeting, the second picture taken one meeting after the first.

 

“When I started teaching computer programming classes, 85% of my students were boys,” says Michele Freeman, the club’s advisor. “My goal in sponsoring the Girls Who Code club is to encourage girls to learn more about coding and promote interest in the computer science electives that we offer here at Falcon Cove.”

 

Not only is the coding fun, but you gain qualities and knowledge that will help you in the future. Coding helps people of all ages with communication, creativity, and confidence, along with technology and computer science skills. 

 

“We also focus on building personal strengths like bravery, resilience, creativity, and purpose,” says advisor Michele Freeman. 

 

One of the big values at Girls Who Code is diversity, equity, and inclusion. Any young females interested in coding, building friendships, and using creativity is welcome to join.

 

GirlsWhoCode.com says, “We focus our work not only on gender diversity but also on young women who are historically underrepresented in computer science fields.”

 

Clearly, not only is Girls Who Code trying to close the gender gap in coding, but it is tons of fun and teaches you important skills for the future.

 

“My favorite part is seeing all of the amazing things that the girls create! I love that this club is for all levels – from beginners to advanced – and I enjoy learning new coding programs along with the members,” states Michele Freeman, advisor. “Collaborating together on projects is not only fun, but it is also an opportunity to learn from one another and see the world from different points of view.”