Girls Who Code founder.
NOTE: In conferences, I always find myself balancing taking as many notes as I can and actually, y’know, listening to the speaker. So in this post, as well as the next series of posts, I give you my notes for the ALA Annual Conference session. I’ve tried to go and change any notes that have naught to do with anyone save little old moi. But I may have missed things. If you have any questions on anything, please let me know!
- If I want to start a Girls Who Code School: https://girlswhocode.com/start-a-club/
- Girls Who Code was founded with a single mission to close the gender gap in technology
- By 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs available in computing-related fields. U.S. graduates are on track to fill 29% of those jobs. Women are on track to fill just 3%.
- Ms. Sujani background: Ran for Congress after quitting her job as a lawyer because she heard Hillary’s first concession speech. She lost. :-[
- The loss made her wonder, “Where are all the girls?”
- 500K Computer Science (CS) jobs open right now, but only 40k CS majors graduate each year.
- Only ¼ high schools offer CS classes
- In ’97 37% CS graduates = Women
- Today = 24%
- There were more women in the first Mac team than any tech team today
- Culture says PCs are for boys
- “You cannot be what you cannot see.”
- It’s a fad to be bad at math.
- IT’s ok to say “I hate math” but not “I hate to read.” Why?
- “We raise our girls to be perfect, we raise our boys to be brave.”
- Girls Who Code (GWC) is in every state
- Example of the societal imposed perfections girls strive for: A Girls Who Code teacher saw a blank screen after being called over. But when she hit undo, she saw the girl had tried but because it wasn’t perfect, she deleted it.
- 2012 = 20 girls
- Today = over 40k grad with CS degree
- There’s a club in a homeless shelter in Winchester, Ma
- Secret Sauce
- GWC Teaches Capabilities- teach them to speak up and be confident
- GWC Teaches about Careers
- GWC Creates a community- the average girl walks out and teaches 4 more girls to code
- It’s working- 93% of girls go on to get a CS degree
- Girls are so often more empathetic, teaching them to code would introduce so much more altruistic tech innovations.
- Ms. Sujani has books (13- fic, nf, picture books, etc) are coming out 8/22/17