Here is what one father said after our last event:
“Your program is so important for my daughter and her girl friends. Boys have sports. Not all girls want to play sports. Not all girls want to be a cheerleader. Girls Got Geek is a great extra-curricular program that gives girls an option for self expression. Thank You.”
Thing is, we are what we see! And girls who don’t see technology as an opportunity to enhance their future options miss a golden chance in life.
Consider these statistics:
- Less than 20% of computer science and engineer majors are female
- Currently, there is only 1 female co-founder of a semi conductor company worldwide
- More than half of all businesses starting today are women, yet the number of women starting tech related businesses are in the low single digits
- Women with STEM jobs earned 33 percent more than comparable women in non-STEM jobs
- Although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25 percent of STEM jobs. This has been the case throughout the past decade, even as college-educated women have increased their share of the overall workforce.
Sadly, females are not jumping into technology design and development with both feet. Yes, girls, like boys, spend hours upon hours on the internet, playing video games, and being entertained by mobile apps. However, the challenge lies in moving girls from consumers of the tools to makers of the tools.
Believe it or not, up until the fifth grade, girls and boys both have the same interest in science and math. But then, sometime around the sixth grade, girls are discouraged from taking classes that would give them an educational foundation that supports technology invention.
In addition to the “girls are not good at math” mentality that makes its way from the brain to the lips of those who set limitations for girls, another part of the problem lies within the girls themselves. To their credit, girls tend to choose fields where they think they can make a difference in the lives of others. And while this is commendable, our society stands to benefit tremendously from more girls contributing to the technology industry.
That’s why my goal is to show girls that technology can be one of those fields where they can make a difference. It starts with planting the seed to let girls know that they too can succeed at what ever they set their mind to. But then, we can’t stop there. We must continue to nurture the interest, guide exploration and expose girls to the capacity they have to shape the world through technology.
IMAGINE THE IMPACT when girls have what they need to shape their own future. The world is a better place for it!
To register a girl or to sponsor a girl 13 to 25, email today! Her Technology Adventure Awaits!
Cynthia Renee Frazier