Women represent 12% of all computer science graduates today. In 1984, that number was 37%. What’s going on?
That’s the challenge being tackled today by Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization dedicated to gender parity in computing fields. By working with young women across the United States, they are inspiring more girls to learn to code and pursue a career in technology. As a company powered by technology, that sounds pretty good to us.
That’s why we’ve partnered with Girls Who Code to host a Summer Immersion Program at our EA headquarters and why you can donate right now to this charity by going to Humble Bundle and purchasing the Humble Origin Bundle 2. The money you spend will go right to helping expose these girls to computer science.
Here are a few startling facts from Girls Who Code:
· In middle school, 74% of girls express interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), but when choosing a college major, just 0.3% of high school girls select computer science.
· In a 2014 survery of the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program, 100% of the respondents reported they are definitely or more likely to major in computer science following the program.
· While 57% of bachelor’s degrees are earned by women, just 12% of computer science degrees are awarded to women.
· Despite the fact that 55% of overall AP test takers are girls, only 17% of AP Computer Science test takers are high school girls.
· Women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but hold just 25% of the jobs in technical or computing fields.
When you purchase the Humble Origin Bundle 2, you’ll help Girls Who Code empower women in the digital workplace. Stay tuned here later this summer to learn more about our Summer Immersion Program!