Friday, December 26, 2014

Lauding Reshma Saujani and Girls Who Code

There is much to laud about what Reshma Saujani has come up with and what she aspired to do by 2020.  For one, Girls Who Code a pragmatic humanitarian effort that supports a disenfranchised segment of our population, specifically on technology, and it instills confidence in these young women in ways that their families and societies probably do not.  For another, it harkens to an old adage: Give a person fish, and she has food for a day.  But teach her how to fish, and she has food for herself, her family and others for a lifetime.  In essence, Saujani speaks to the essence of what I've conceived as Theory of Algorithms and The Core Algorithm; that is, you learn literally the underpinning of how technology works (coding), and with this grasp you knock on the doorstep of an enormous house of options for jobs and possibilities for innovation.
MISSION: Girls Who Code programs work to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

VISION: Girls Who Code’s vision is to reach gender parity in computing fields. We believe this is paramount to ensure the economic prosperity of women, families, and communities across the globe, and to equip citizens with the 21st century tools for innovation and social change. We believe that more girls exposed to computer science at a young age will lead to more women working in the technology and engineering fields.

PATH TO SUCCESS: The U.S. Department of Labor projects that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings. To reach gender parity by 2020, women must fill half of these positions, or 700,000 computing jobs. Anecdotal data tells us that an average of 30% of those students with exposure to computer science will continue in the field. This means that 4.6M adolescent girls will require some form of exposure to computer science education to realize gender parity in 2020. Girls Who Code has set out to reach 25% of those young women needed to realize gender parity.

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