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Never Too Old to Learn How to Code

A couple of years ago, while picking out meat in the deli section at the grocery store I started speaking with a lady who was searching for employment but was finding  she couldn’t get a job because she had no current job skills. We discussed her years of being a stay at home mom, and […]

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Is It Easy to Raise Capital as A Woman Led Start Up?

When looking to raise capital as a woman led startup, the road is full of speed bumps and mirages that cover the road. With the statistic of less than 10% of investable money going to women led start ups, this doesn’t encourage women to participate in the start-up community. In 2013, I sat in a […]

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I Am the Unicorn: A Young Woman of Color Prepares to Enter the Computer Science Workforce

During Najla’s time in computer science, she has seen that gender-based assumptions are alive and well. She is aware that some people think that women aren’t interested in computing because of “the assumption that when you go into computer science, you’re going to be sitting at a cubicle the whole time and coding. But really there are so many aspects of it — some that involve coding, but also involve other things.”

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Geek Girls Carrots Maker Party Pop-Up Seattle

Let’s Make Things Together! “Programming is not magic inaccessible to regular folks. It’s easy. I wish someone would’ve told me this sooner!” –Geek Girls Carrots Maker Party participant. This quote sums up what we are doing as Geek Girls Carrots (GGC) in Seattle and Europe. We want to debunk the myth that programming is for […]

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Why Is the Math Gender Gap So Much Worse in the US Than in Other Countries?

Could it be the boy crisis? A new international study released last week shows that during the past 100 years, the first in which girls have been educated en masse, girls have out-performed boys academically. I’m not going to write here about what that may mean in terms of what grades are rewarding or about how that […]

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How I Took the Hour of Code Challenge

I remember being in high school, sitting in a back corner of a warm computer lab listening to the keystrokes and mouse clicks of my classmates. It was my first web design class, and I was finally going to get a chance to develop my technology chops (which was very important since this thing called […]

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Before Gates and Jobs, There Was Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

This past weekend, full of pumpkin pie and enjoying a few days off, I watched one of my all-time favorite movies, Desk Set. Set in the 1950s, it features Katharine Hepburn as a librarian and Spencer Tracy as a representative from a computer company. Tracy is trying to install the new Emerac computer in Hepburn’s library to automate the library’s reference services. Fearing for their jobs and determined to show their worth, Hepburn and her team of librarians set out to prove that they can produce faster and more accurate results to reference questions than the Emerac can — the machine, by the way, is comically large enough to fill almost an entire half of the library. The Emerac tragically loses to Hepburn and her team’s efficiency.

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Unleash Your Strong. Smart. Bold. with Girls Inc. of New York City

Strong. Smart. Bold. These three small words ignited a movement over 100 years ago to educate girls and prepare them to be self-sufficient and successful women. Today, Girls Inc. is a leading youth development organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, […]

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Why We Desperately Need More Women in STEM Fields

So, your six-year-old daughter has been dreaming of becoming a computer scientist. And, as much as you tell her that she will be able to do anything she wants to do, what you’re not telling her is the reality of the gender gap within every STEM field in this country. In fact, any field to […]

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Young Girls’ Barrier to Higher Education

“I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” –The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald  As a student ambassador at university, I was occasionally asked to run workshops for high school students in the surrounding areas. One school event, designed to encourage an interest […]

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