The Real Reason There Aren’t More Women In Tech
Update: I’ve adding a link to a whitepaper called “Girls in IT” at the bottom that not only highlights the issue, but what can be done to help solve it.
After reading a lot of nonsense on this topic, I came across this great article by Hadi Partovi, who is a co-founder of Code.org. As opposed to diving in to stereotypes, like other posts and articles have done over the last couple of weeks, Hadi cuts to the real reasons. The first reason he cites as being the primary cause: Computer Science is not taught in US schools! Duh… He’s so spot on I don’t know where to begin! I’ve worked with lots of young women as part of TechStart Education Foundation’s Oregon Game Project Challenge and girls are interested in learning to program in K-12. One key problem is that by 7th and 8th grade there are just not that many opportunities to get plugged in.
Please give this a read and then learn more about how to support #STEM programs and code.org in your local K-12 classrooms.
Here is a whitepaper called “Girls in IT”. It talks about the shortage of women in technology and trying to narrow the gap. http://www.bespokesoftware.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/GirlsinIT_white_paper.pdf (via @ShimCode).