Did you know that as little as 18% of computer science degrees are earned by women in the United States? According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, statistics show that a very limited amount of women are planning to study and earn degrees in computer science here in the United States. Within this professional area is the large absence of women, and that creates speculative questions concerning women in the field of computer sciences. Google, the multi-million dollar corporation that specializes in internet related services, has been evaluating this dilemma and plans to make a difference in the computer science field through their latest Tech PR campaign.
A Google initiative event held in New York City on Thursday, June 19th, gave a chance for Google to show its plan to motivate young women into computer programming. The event was created for high school girls in order for them to embrace the opportunities that the field of computer programming holds. Within the event, Google revealed that they plan to put $50 million dollars towards changing the 18% into a larger percentage over the next three years. Google plans to launch the website Made With Code, which will encourage young girls into coding projects and showcase female role models in the technological field as well as give resources for parents to study over.
Within the event held on Thursday were among many women who are successful in the technological fields such as Google X Vice President Megan Smith, iLuminate creator Miral Kotb, Pixar Director of Photography Danielle Feinberg and UNICEF Innovation cofounder Erica Kochi. Also there to present the event and to inspire girls into this important field was Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Many demos and illustrations were shown at the event in order to show interest of coding to young girls, including programming for applications and even experiences in animating Pixar films.
These women showed that coding can be fun and rewarding, as well as constructive towards a young girl’s creative side. Alongside the Made With Code website, Google has planned programs to encourage girls to meet up in their local areas in order to learn and experience programming together. Google has managed to make Made With Code a social experience for young girls as well as a fun involvement in the world of computer programming and coding for any young woman to experience.