Every month we highlight an organization that helps women meet their full potential.
This month we are highlighting Girls Who Code. They are a non-profit that is dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology.
Tech jobs are among the fastest growing in the country, yet girls are being left behind. While interest in computer science ebbs over time, the biggest drop off happens between the ages of 13-17.
The gender gap in computing has actually been getting worse since the 1980s. In 1984, 37% of all computer science graduates were women. Now that number is just 18%.
By 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs available in computing related fields. US graduates are on track to fill 29% of those jobs.
Women are on track to fill just 3%.
Girls Who Code is building the largest pipeline of future female engineers in the United States by offering after school clubs and 7-week summer programs for girls in grades 6-12.