Girls Who Code has made a tremendous impact on the pipeline of girls and women entering computer science. We’ve reached 185,000 girls across the country, 30,000 of whom are now college-aged. We remain committed to supporting this growing cohort of alumni as they begin to enter the workforce. It’s a body of work we consider increasingly urgent, particularly given the well-documented, highly-publicized history of bias, sexism, and discrimination within tech. We believe it’s likely there’s a direct connection between the discrimination women face in recruiting and the harassment and retaliation that awaits them once they enter.
To that end, in December 2018, we administered a survey of college-aged women in our network to better understand and quantify their experiences applying for internships and jobs in computer science.
The experiences of these young women ranged from bias to discrimination to outright harassment, and were representative of startups and Fortune 500 companies alike. They shared stories about implicit and explicit biases in interview processes—interviewers doubting their abilities, facing all-white-male interview panels, feeling an overwhelming pressure to consider their appearance, being passed over for less qualified male candidates, even being the targets of unwanted advances by male recruiters.
We are committed to working with our corporate partners and our community to put in place equitable hiring practices so that every girl has the opportunity to thrive in tech. We invite you to read the report below and share our findings with your community and colleagues.