What, why and how : The Girl Code
“Having role models who are the same gender as you, who look like you, who came from a similar background as yours, can go a long way.”
Only 11% programmers in the world are female. The obvious question that comes to mind is- Why? Why is there such a huge gender gap in this field? Why aren’t more women programming?
The problem is a lack of confidence. Entering a male dominated field like computer science is not even considered a viable option.
A mindset like this severely impacts confidence in young girls- they’ve started believing that they can’t code, that coding is something beyond them.
When an entire gender accepts defeat-that’s when we know we’re failing as a society. But, there’s a solution to every problem, and, at The Girl Code, we’ve come up with an answer to this atrocious epidemic.
Here, we aspire to not only teach young girls how to code, but, to provide them a community comprising of fellow girl programmers with whom they can share anything. Girls are 18% more likely to show interest in computing if they’ve been exposed to it in their junior high years, something we plan to capitalise on by introducing 11 year olds to coding.Each participant will be provided with a mentor,to foster a bond that transcends simple coding doubts to any problems or joys they’re experiencing and wish to share.
We plan to form a warm and nourishing sisterhood of female programmers who’ll soon take the IT world by storm and CODE with CONFIDENCE.