You can read all about it HERE, and it’s as awesome as it looks and sounds.
From the article:Made With Code is a new Google initiative to motivate future female programmers. Only 18% of computer science degrees are earned by women, and Google is spending $50 million over the next three years to change those numbers.
More than 150 high school girls turned out for the event, including local chapters of the Girl Scouts of the USA, Black Girls Code and Girls Who Code. Kaling, a writer and actress, emceed the premiere, which brought in Google X Vice President Megan Smith, Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton, iLuminate creator Miral Kotb, Pixar Director of Photography Danielle Feinberg and UNICEF Innovation cofounder Erica Kochi.
This is so important because this will give girls a HUGE confidence boost. Girls should feel empowered to create and engineer and problem solve. I am in a class split into two sections of eighty people with SEVEN females and SEVENTY THREE males. We need more girls in this profession PLEASE learn how to code even if it’s something as simple as html you can only grow from there. Tech jobs are in such high demand and honestly, being a female is an advantage because there aren’t many in the field.
Here’s an unpopular opinion: I think this is a waste of money. Why do we have to “girlify” things in order to peak female interest? Coding isn’t inherently masculine; I don’t see why we have to tweak it in order to make it appealing. As a confidence boost? You don’t want to go into a field because there’s more men than women in it… So what? Who fucking cares if jobs aren’t distributed equally by gender? If you don’t want to go into a field because there are more men than women in it, you’re going to need a lot more than girly HTML.
If you’re thinking “We need more of [group] in STEM,” you’re not part of the solution. You are the problem.
objectivistnerd. your ignorance is showing. next time you’re sitting in class and hear some boys talk about a girl’s tits- and she is just two rows in front of him- and you don’t say anything. You are the problem.
False comparison. In fact, there’s no connection between my statement and yours, besides form.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, and it seems I’ll be screaming it into deaf ears until humanity destroys itself: setting collectives ‘equal’ is not the solution to collectivism.
The diversity problem in STEM—which really is the lack of any tolerance for heterodox ideas, not race and gender—is not to be solved by ‘Women in Engineering’ programs as such. Oh, they may produce a few results, but the do not solve the systemic problem. The problem, since apparently it never occurred to you, is that we’re treating prospective scientists and engineers as members of groups, rather than as individuals.
If you’re thinking “we need more women in STEM,” you’re going about it wrong. What we need is a STEM community that welcomes anyone who is interested, that doesn’t give a solitary shit about your race, gender, sexual orientation, or any other non-essential feature.
We like to think we’re meritocratic rationalists. Let’s fucking act like it.