Why We’re Awesome: Girls Who Code

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” — Maya Angelou

Why We’re Awesome- A series spotlighting wonderful organizations that empower women and girls all over the world.

Science. Blerg. Many young girls will tell you it is their least favorite subject. But not these girls! Girls Who Code is a New York City based organization with the goal to close the gender gap in science based careers by training young girls interested in learning computer specialist techniques.  Hence the name: Girls Who Code.

Girls Who Code aims to provide computer science education and exposure to 1 million young women by 2020.

This is an organization that the U.S. education system has been needing for a long, long while. After all, to say girls don’t like science and math is simply a myth created from the way our education system is structured. Don’t agree? Check out the facts below.

In middle school, 74% of girls express interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), but when choosing a college major, just 0.3% of high school girls select computer science.

Women today represent 12% of all computer science graduates. In 1984, they represented 37%.

Thank you, Girls Who Code, for helping young girls find their love for science, again. Programs like this are making  the U.S. just a little more like the progressive place we all hope to see one day, and that’s why Girls Who Code is awesome.

Girls Who Code began in NYC, but is currently working to launch programs in San Francisco, Detroit and San Jose in the year 2013.

Why We’re Awesome Series: The Girl Effect

 

“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” — Diane Mariechild

Why We’re Awesome- A series spotlighting wonderful organizations that empower women and girls all over the world.

 A few months ago  I learned about The Girl Effect . According to their website :

 

   “Adolescent girls are capable of raising the standard of living in the developing world. Girls are the most likely agents of change, but they are often invisible to their societies and to our media.”

     I agree. The Girl Effect works by a number of wonderful foundations, networks and what The Girl Effect call “Girl Champions” that donate micro loans to women in poverty ridden communities. These micro loans help those women to start businesses in their areas that benefit the locals and most specifically, the girls in their town. This is the Girl Effect. I was so inspired when I saw their video and I’ll honestly never be the same. I know, quite dramatic. However, I’m not even joking. Women are suppressed all over our world and it’s so fascinating to me how much brighter the world could be if women had more power. As noted earlier, women are the most likely agents to create positive change. Now I’m not just saying this.

    That statement’s actually driven by fact. Look at some of the baffling research done by Girl Effect supporters:

“It has been shown that an educated girl will invest 90% of her future income in her family, compared to 35% for a boy.”

  Yet, girls in high-poverty communities are often overlooked for education and the opportunities for success are far less than their male counterparts. There are a lot of social media videos out these days to promote change, but I must say, this one touched me most. I want to do something about this. It’s absolutely ridiculous and almost unbelievable that our world is functioning this way. Why is this even okay? I’m devoting myself to being a part of the positive change with the Girl Effect. I’m a film student and I’d love to write for a living. I know that I can mold my creative career into a helpful voice for female empowerment, and that’s just what I hope to do. It means so much to me that by the time I’m old and grey, this injustice will probably be far less prevalent. And I hope to have some part in that change.