Why gender parity matters in technology
In research published in the journal Science, it was revealed that parents and teachers consistently believe boys to be better at STEM subjects. According to Janet Hyde, the researcher who led the study, this mentality “keeps girls and women out of a lot of careers, particularly high-prestige, lucrative careers in science and technology."
The STEM gender gap is indeed immense, with women comprising only 12% of U.S. Computer Science undergraduates (Code.org). That's why our sites our set on 50/50 gender parity across our programs and in the tech space as a whole. The female perspective is vital—girls and women have valuable ideas to contribute and breakthroughs to make.