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Bridging the Tech Gender Gap: Reshma Saujani and Girls Who Code

Bridging the Tech Gender Gap: Reshma Saujani and Girls Who Code

Michael Nefdt 15th February 2024 0 Comments
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Kirstyn Bond / International Technology Recruitment Specialist
Kirstyn Bond / International Technology Recruitment Specialist / Assoc CIPD

As an International Technology Recruitment Specialist and Associate of the CIPD, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing firsthand the transformative power that diversity and inclusion can have within the tech industry. Today, I’m excited to share the remarkable journey of Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code, an organization that isn’t just bridging the gender gap, but is fundamentally altering the future of technology by empowering young women across the globe.

The Genesis of a Global Movement

In a sector where women are significantly underrepresented – holding just 25% of tech roles in the US, Reshma Saujani dared to challenge the status quo. Girls Who Code was born out of a simple yet profound realization: to cultivate a diverse and inclusive tech community, we must start by empowering the young women who will shape its future. With a mission to close the gender gap in technology, Girls Who Code has introduced coding to nearly half a million girls worldwide, inspiring the next generation of female tech innovators and engineers.

The Ripple Effect of Empowerment

The results speak volumes. Since its inception, Girls Who Code has seen remarkable success, with alumni choosing to major in computer science and related fields at a rate 15 times higher than the US national average. The organization’s programmes, from after-school clubs to summer immersion camps, have become incubators of innovation, instilling in girls and women the courage to dream big and the confidence to challenge barriers.

A Catalyst for Change

As a tech recruitment specialist, I recognise the value of diversity in driving innovation and excellence; in unlocking incredible potential. With just 30% of female students choosing STEM-related fields in higher education globally, the need for initiatives like Girls Who Code has never been more urgent.

The #WomenInTech Movement and Our Role

The journey of Reshma Saujani and Girls Who Code is a powerful reminder of the impact we can achieve when we commit to breaking down barriers and fostering inclusivity. Let’s join hands in this transformative journey, advocating for an inclusive tech environment where every young woman can thrive. Together, we can turn the tide, and pave the way for a future where the tech industry mirrors the diverse world it aims to serve.

GAP Talent is proud to support and promote the #WomenInTech movement, recognising the critical role of diversity and inclusion in driving the future of technology. Join us in supporting the #WomenInTech movement, for a brighter, more innovative tomorrow.