By Kira M. Newman - In a recent study, RJMetrics found that the tech community was about 29% female, with some cities scoring as low as 17% or 20%. Sam Altman just released some Y Combinator statistics on diversity, revealing that 19.5% of the startups they’ve funded this year have women on the founding team. Women are underrepresented in startups, and particularly ... [Read More]
Because girls around the world deserve equal access to education, this Malala Day lend your voice to the courageous young activist’s campaign #StrongerThan, the latest effort in Malala’s crusade to fight for millions of children around the world who don’t have access to education, or the freedom to demand change. ... [Read More]
Earlier in the week we shared news and information about WriteGirl, the innovative writing and mentoring program for young women that’s running a poetry drive to raise funds for the group’s workshops.
Showing our support, we purchased a “Girl Perspective” poem, which we just received ... [Read More]
Since 2001, WriteGirl has been giving teen girls the power of the pen and helping them to find their own voices. The writing and mentoring program promotes creativity, critical thinking and leadership skills. Through this innovative combination, these young women gain confidence and write their way to brilliant futures.
For the third year in a row the Los Angeles based organization, named California’s ... [Read More]
Forty-two years ago today, on June 23, 1972, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was signed by President Nixon, guaranteeing equal access and equal opportunity for females and males in almost all aspects of our educational systems. It is considered one of the most ... [Read More]
Forty-one years ago today, on June 5, 1973, Doris A. Davis, a 37-year-old school teacher turned city council member, was elected Mayor of the City of Compton, California, making her the first black woman mayor of a major, metropolitan American city, and only the second African American woman chief executive ... [Read More]
What's so scary about smart girls? They know their value and they challenge the status quo.
As Nicholas Kristof notes:
“Why are fanatics so terrified of girls’ education? Because there’s no force more powerful to transform a society. Ultimately, the greatest threat to extremism isn't drones firing missiles, but girls reading books.”
Share this video by Half The Sky Movement, ... [Read More]
Fact 1: Women hold only 26% of computing related positions.
Fact 2: By 2020 there will be 1.4 million tech jobs; 70% of them will be unfilled.
It’s these facts and a lack of resources that inspired Tina Lee, a working mom of two from San Francisco, to create MotherCoders, a tech orientation program designed for moms who want to learn ... [Read More]