GIRLS WHO CODE RELEASES COMPREHENSIVE POLICY AGENDA
National non-profit expands the on the impact of programs by launching work with policymakers to close the gender gap in entry-level tech jobs by 2027
New York, New York (June 25, 2018) — Girls Who Code, the national nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology, today released the first-ever comprehensive policy agenda outlining policy recommendations designed specifically to attract girls in K-12 to, and retain them in, computer science.
Tech jobs are the fastest growing occupations in the U.S. economy, and are expected to grow by more than half a million by 2026. In 2016, however, only 64,000 students graduated with computer science degrees. Only 18 percent of those graduates were women.
“Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are interested in using policy to solve for the gender gap in tech. Many already are,” said Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code. “With the release of our Policy Agenda, we’re thrilled to be able to share what we’ve learned and offer a path forward on an issue that – by working together – we can solve within a generation.”
The Policy agenda includes four (4) policy recommendations for lawmakers across the country committed to closing the gender gap in tech. They include recommendations to: 1) Track and Report Data on Computer Science Participation; 2) Expand Computer Science Courses to all Middle Schools; 3) Increase Exposure To Women And Other Underrepresented Minorities In Tech; and, 4) Fund Professional Development With A Focus On Gender Inclusion.
“Computing jobs are some of the fastest-growing and highest paying in our country, yet girls continue to get left behind,” said Corinne Roller, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy. “Our existing programs, combined with a commitment to these recommendations from lawmakers would guarantee not only a more equitable future for the U.S. but also a more competitive one.”
Girls Who Code is on track to close the gender-gap in entry-level tech jobs by 2027. The organization has served almost 90,000 girls since its founding in 2012. Half of girls served by Girls Who Code are from historically underrepresented groups (HUGs), which includes girls who are Black, Latina, and from low-income households. Girls Who Code currently has nearly 5,000 College-Aged Alumni (CAA), and expects to have nearly 13,000 CAA by Spring 2019. CAA of Girls Who Code programs are majoring in computer science and related fields at 15 times the national average, while Black and Latina CAA are majoring in computer science and related fields at 16 times the national average.
About Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. With their 7-week Summer Immersion Program, a 2-week specialized Campus Program, after school Clubs, and a 13-book New York Times best-selling series, they are leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Girls Who Code has reached over 90,000 girls in all 50 states and several US territories. To join the movement or learn more, visit girlswhocode.com.