Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is a nonprofit organization which aims to support and increase the number of women in computer science and close the gender employment difference in technology. I became a facilitator for the Girls Who Code Seattle chapter in the Fall of 2019 where myself and a cohort of programming enthusiasts teach the basics of programming for backend and frontend to curious and inspiring young women.
The gender gap in computing is getting worse. In 1995, 37% of computer scientists were women. Today, it’s only 24%. If we do nothing, in ten years the number of women in computing will decrease to just 22%. While girls’ participation in computer science ebbs over time, the biggest drop off happens between the ages of 13-17. It is for this reason that I decided to volunteer and why it has become my favorite extracurricular. In addition to teaching, I will also be helping to design and build out the website for our chapter. Which upon completion, will be made available as a repo on GitHub for further collaboration.