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Twitter Supporting Girls Who Code

Following on the heels of the recent Hack’n Jill event in New York City, we’re happy to tell you about another push to support girls who code – an organization called . . . Girls Who Code.

And Twitter is very involved in the project.

The project is actually a movement, according to its creator Reshma Saujani (@reshmasaujani), designed to provide high school girls from underserved communities with the skills and resources to pursue careers in the engineering and tech sectors.

Why?

Today, just 3.6% of Fortune 500 companies are led by women, and less than 10% of venture capital-backed companies have female founders. Yet females use the internet 17% more than their male counterparts and represent the fastest growing demographic online and on mobile, creating more than two-thirds of content on social networking sites. . . . By 2018, there will be 1.4 million computer science-related job openings, yet U.S. universities are expected to produce enough computer science graduates to fill just 29% of these jobs.

A member of the Girls Who Code “Brain Trust” and Twiiter software engineer Sara Haider tells us why Twitter is supporting this program in the site’s latest blog post.

If we want there to be more women who pursue careers in engineering and computer science and feel welcome in these fields, we have to work on ways to increase the number of women studying engineering — it’s that simple.

 

So in addition to its Women in Engineering group (@womeng), Twitter has partnered with Girls Who Code as a way to encourage young women to opt for and stay in computer science.

Through our investment of time, energy and money, we will be working with Girls Who Code to empower young women and provide them with the skills and resources necessary to pursue a career in engineering and technology.

The program begins this summer in New York City with an 8-week intensive program to teach basic principles of computer science and coding as well as sessions on design, research and entrepreneurship. Each participant will be matched with a female mentor from a tech company, and she and her mentor will work closely throughout the program and afterwards.

So what do you think of this? Pretty cool, hmm? Visit the site for more info!

(Girls giving thumbs up image from Shutterstock)

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