Google Puts More Than $50MM Toward Getting Girls to Code

Published 08/22 2014 08:35PM

Updated 08/22 2014 08:37PM

Item: Made With Code is Google’s new program to encourage women to enter the field of computers and coding. As it stands, women earn only 18% of computer science degrees, and apparently the $50MM is to be used for programs to change that percentage. Over the next three years, Google will be using that money to push initiatives, build programs and bring awareness to the field in order to show that taking the time to learn and utilize code can be a challenging and rewarding experience.

Why it Matters: There are several things that come into play here. First, more and more women are refusing to be tied down to stereotypes. Second, since life (and the search for “what do I want to be”) doesn’t come with an instruction manual, people are looking for navigational cues and people to help guide them through their choices—and money talks. Finally, there are more female mentors who are helping young women understand that it’s OK to be a geek, and that there are some great opportunities out there if they pursue an interest in math, science and tech. Sometimes all it takes is someone to tell you what’s possible, and Google is doing just that.

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