Currently only 0.3% of programmers and 12% of computer science majors are women. This number is startling because it shows a decrease from 34% of computer science majors who were women in 1984. In an industry which is arguably becoming the most prominent in our daily lives, we believe that women should play a more prominent role. This summer GHS and UC Davis are hosting Intel’s Girls Who Code program, empowering highly motivated high-school women to become engaged in computing, science, and math. UC Davis is proud to be the first university training site for Girls Who Code. This summer twenty students are being taught at UC Davis by Ms. Kristen Beck, a postgraduate student at the UC Davis Genome Center. The program kicked off June 25, and as we near the halfway point of the program, the girls are already showing tremendous progress and promise for the future. GHS looks forward to seeing the great things that the girls are accomplishing and the Girls Who Code graduation, which will occur this August.
“Girls Who Code was founded because we believe that female engineers, entrepreneurs and innovators are our future. The Intel Summer Immersion Program is an important part of our movement to change the face of technology in America,” said founder Reshma Saujani.
Find out more about Girls Who Code at the website: http://www.girlswhocode.com/
“Last weeks ‘Girl Rising’ showing to kick off Girls Who Code held at UC Davis was inspriring. One of the girls’ stories really struck me. After 2010’s Haitian earthquake destroys litttle Wadley’s home and school, the small but never daunted girl finds herself climbing out of the rubble in search of a shanty school where she can continue her education. When turned away, Wadley’s proclamation, ‘I will come back every day until I can stay,’ left not just a smile on my face, but a irrepressible faith that this spirited young girl from Haiti would fight harder and harder with passing time for her education. All I could think was, ‘Get it, girl!'” —Megan
Riding on the wave of success of the innaugural event that took place in New York City last October, we at Global HealthShare are honored to be teaming up with Intel this summer to bring Girls Who Code to the West Coast. If you or a girl you know is interested in applying, check out the GWC website: http://www.girlswhocode.com/applynow.
Girl Rising, http://girlrising.com/
Girls Who Code, http://www.girlswhocode.com/
This summer, Global HealthShare is teaming up with Intel to bring “Girls Who Code” to UC Davis. Now in its second year, Girls Who Code aims to educate and inspire 13- to 17-year-old girls to pursue opportunities in technology and engineering.
Girls Who Code will kick off tonight, Thursday, March 7 with a premiere screening of a new documentary, “Girls Rising.” The film tells the stories of nine girls growing up around the world with the voices of stars including Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez and Meryl Streep.
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