The Computer Sciences Gender GapAccording to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, while girls and women are avid users of technology, they’re grossly underrepresented in its creation. In fact, even though female students comprise of 56 percent of all advanced placement test-takers, only 19 percent of those girls take AP the computer science test. In 2016, 56 percent of bachelor's degree recipients were female, but only 19 perfect of all 2016 Computer and Information Sciences bachelor’s degree recipients who were women . Similarly, in 2017, 57 percent of professional occupations in the U.S. workforce were held by women. Out of that 57 percent, only 26 percent were women in professional computing occupations. Made with Code was created to bridge this gender gap for the future.
The Made with Code InitiativeTo help promote an active interest in coding, they launched an interactive web site, Made with Code, where girls can participate in exciting projects that involve coding at different levels. Site participants can partake in various levels of projects. The site regularly updates with fun and exciting
Why It MattersThe site details why learning to code is so important for any modern student’s future. Can you believe that "In the United States, 74% of girls and teen girls express interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in middle school. By high school, only 0.4% of teen girls plan to major in Computer Science," according to the Made with Code website. And, while the site is geared towards students of the younger variety, it’s actually a site that students of all ages looking to learn about coding would likely enjoy due to the user-friendly interface. According to their findings from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Made with Code site details that computer science jobs “will be one of the fastest-growing and highest-paying sectors over the next decade earning the highest entry-level salary of any bachelor’s degree. At about $60K, that’s almost $15K more than the average college grad will make in their first year in the workforce.” That's a job market that girls will likely want to get in on and coding (as well as computer science degrees) can help make that possible for the future. To learn more about Google’s Made with Code initiative, visit MadewithCode.com. Looking to get inspired by women in successful STEM careers?
Our Women in STEM series highlights women in the field forging the path for female students everywhere. Check out part one of our Highlighting Women in STEM series.