15
Dec

Girls Who Code triples its reach to create gender parity in tech

National organization announces 60 summer programs for 2015 to empower 1,200 girls with intensive computer science education

Galvanizes world’s leading tech, entertainment, financial services, retail, and telecom companies to build female tech talent pipeline in 9 cities nationwide

New York, NY — Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization that aims to close the gender gap in technology, announced today the largest-ever expansion of its Summer Immersion Program from 19 programs reaching 375 girls to 60 programs reaching 1,200 girls with high quality computer science education.

The one of a kind Summer Immersion Program will be sponsored, hosted, and implemented by corporate partners from diverse sectors, including Accenture, Adobe, AIG, Akamai, AOL Charitable Foundation, AppNexus, AT&T, BSA | The Software Alliance, eBay, Electronic Arts, Expedia, Facebook, GE, Goldman Sachs, Google, Groupon, IAC, IBM, Intel, Intuit, Lockheed Martin, MassMutual, Microsoft, Moody’s, Pixar Animation Studios, Square, The Honest Company, Twitter, Viacom, and Verizon.

Additional Summer Immersion Program partners include COVERGIRL, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Saban Family Foundation, and Georgetown University.

“The gender gap isn’t just a Silicon Valley issue anymore,” said Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code. “The shortage of women in technical roles, whether it’s retail or entertainment, is a massive crisis both in terms of innovation and socioeconomic equality throughout the United States. Girls Who Code has established a successful track record of empowering girls to pursue majors and careers in computer science, and we’re inspired that so many diverse companies have invested in taking our movement to the next level this year.”

Girls Who Code was founded in 2012 to reverse the decline of women in the technology sector. Nationally, the percentage of female computer science majors has plummeted from 37% in 1984 to just 18% today. The gender gap persists in the workforce, where less than a quarter of technical jobs are filled by women.

Girls Who Code is adding Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC to its list of markets this Summer, in addition to expanding its footprint in Boston, Miami, New York City, Seattle, and across the San Francisco Bay Area.

The 7-week Summer Immersion Program pairs computer science education with field trips to top tech companies and mentorship from industry leaders. Girls learn everything from mobile app development to robotics to web design, and ultimately get a chance to build the products they want to see in the world. The program is free for participants, and no prior coding experience is necessary.

The application for the 2015 Summer Immersion Program will be available January 15, 2015. Girls can sign the interest form now at girlswhocode.com.

About Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Through its Summer Immersion Program and Girls Who Code Clubs, the organization is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Additional information is available at girlswhocode.com.

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