The inaugural Girls Who Code Governor's Summit in California last week emphasized solving the U.S. technology industry's lack of gender parity by developing standards and strategies for quantifying efforts to support women and girls interested in tech and science.
A 2016 Accenture/Girls Who Code study estimated women comprise only 18% of computer science graduates. Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani sees this as a call to mobilize and step up her push to find the roots of this decline in collaboration with state governments.
Saujani says one underlying reason could be girls not finding any science-interested peers or role models in high school, while others believe cultivating an interest in science should start at a much earlier age. Saujani thinks the tech gender gap could be closed within 10 years, if proponents direct their energy toward collecting solid data, setting metrics, and following through on policy goals.
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