Girls Inc. Joins Made with Code in Drive to Boost Girls’ Interest in Technology
(NEW YORK, NY) June 19, 2014 — Girls Inc. proudly announces that today, it joins Google and fellow supporters, including Chelsea Clinton, Girl Scouts of the USA, TechCrunch, Seventeen, Mindy Kaling, MIT Media Lab, and National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), to kick off Made with Code. The initiative will aim to inspire millions of girls to learn to code, and to help them see coding as a means to pursue their dream careers.
Girls Inc. will host coding parties reaching thousands of girls with an introduction to coding, building upon programming where girls explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as part of their lives and potential career options. In addition, an intensive coding program will also be piloted in early 2015.
Made with Code will also feature stories of women and girl coders who are creating a diverse array of projects with code, as well as introductory coding projects that can help build girls’ confidence and show them they can code.
“Girls Inc. is committed to helping girls discover how STEM and its many applications offer exciting opportunities today and for their futures. We are proud to support Google in introducing girls to the power of coding,” said Judy Vredenburgh, President and CEO of Girls Inc. “Less than one percent of high school girls are interested in pursuing Computer Science as a major. Made with Code will give girls hands-on experience as creators and innovators to fuel a love of this dynamic field.”
“Coding gives you the power to create and invent things that could help millions of people with your ideas; sadly we’ve seen that bias and stereotypes are keeping most teenage girls from expressing interest in learning to code. We’re launching Made with Code to inspire millions of girls to experience the power of coding and to see it as a way to have fun and achieve their dreams,” said Megan Smith, vice president, Google.
About Girls Inc.
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing more than 138,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and real solutions to the unique issues girls face. Girls Inc. gives girls the right tools and support to succeed, including trained professionals who mentor and guide them in a safe, girls-only environment, research-based programming, and peers who share their drive and aspirations. At Girls Inc., girls learn to set and achieve goals, boldly confront challenges, resist peer pressure, see college as attainable, and explore nontraditional fields such as STEM. Girls Inc. also works with policymakers to advocate on key legislation and initiatives.