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Groups Step Up Efforts to Develop More Female It Workers


Women in a coding class.

The National Center for Women in Technology is partnering with the Million Women Mentors to encourage greater participation by women in the technology industry.

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The National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT) has partnered with the newly-launched Million Women Mentors (MWM) to boost female participation in the technology industry.

The MWM seeks to connect 1 million mentors with 1 million girls and young professionals for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). "Through its efforts, MWM works to showcase existing best practices and suggestions for the future," says the NCWIT website. "Utilizing a technology portal built in three phases and developed in collaboration with Tata Consulting Services, MWM technology will enable mentor services for the nation."

The national campaign and program kicked off in early January, which was National Mentoring Month. "At a time when girls' and women's participation in the technical workforce is far less than 50 percent, mentoring is most critical," says NCWIT founder Lucy Sanders. "Mentoring can provide the necessary encouragement to help girls and women persist in STEM and bridge this gap."

NCWIT also says it is accepting grant proposals for the AspireIT program for the 2014 grant cycle. An outreach initiative for girls in middle school, AspireIT offers tech camps, clubs, and workshops that introduce programming, game design, robotics, and other technology topics to participants.

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