Girls In STEM
Level the Coding Field aims to bring a new innovation to Silicon Valley: more diverse engineers, programmers and entrepreneurs.
To change the demographics of the tech industry, we have to get rid of tired and incorrect assumptions like these.
“Girls are just as good at boys are at computer science, but their misconceptions hold them back.”
What began as an idea for connecting women with mentors in STEM fields during last week’s UnGrounded hackathon has already received support from the United Nations.
Girls may still make up a smaller percentage of women in tech than they should, but these up-and-coming female coders are aiming to ensure women have an outsized impact on the industry.
By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0) Young women may be dominating on college campuses and out-earning men in some cities but in the tech sector things are still pretty grim. The number of women pursuing computer science degrees has actually declined and the number of women employed in other STEM fields (that’s science, technology, engineering and math) hasn’t improved since before Bill Clinton was president.
It’s exciting to see the movement to support girls in STEM steadily growing across the country. Being a female founder from the Silicon Valley, I hope the emphasis on “STEM” one day becomes “STEEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Math).
By Andrea Lo (Co-Founder & CEO, Piggybackr)
I started my own company, Piggybackr, in late 2011 after wondering why young people were fundraising all the time, yet still using the most traditional offline methods to fund their initiatives
“Visiting Women 2.0… showed me that women can make it in the startup world.”
By Jillian Waun (Freshman, Academy of Sacred Heart)
I have recently returned from a trip to San Francisco with 11 other girls from my school. At my school, we call this experience Project Term. For Project Term, there are many options for trips. One trip goes to the Amazon, another to a farm in New York, or you can stay back home for local trips.
We are asked for choices to where we want to go; San Francisco was my first choice!