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Girls working on a computer science project for Girls Who Code.

Gains for women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields have been slow in many areas, and in computer science they have reversed. The setbacks have been even more pronounced for Black women, according to National Science Foundation statistics.

Credit: Carey Wagner/Girls Who Code

Recent initiatives aimed at swelling the ranks of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields including enrichment programs, mentorships, and engagement with potential employers.

Cornell Tech's Break Through Tech program initially focused on women attending the City University of New York, to get more students hired for summer internships.

The program’s founder, Judith Spitz, said it "tried to act as a concierge facilitator" to introduce employers to those students, but their eligibility criteria rarely matched students' experience.

To address this problem, Break Through Tech now offers paid internships during academic recess, algorithmically matching students with employers.

Other efforts are attempting to transform computing education for girls by removing biases and other factors that discourage women from pursuing STEM, as well as consulting with partner employers to hire more women.

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