(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Several top tech companies are backing an initiative to get more females interested in computer science. Recently launched, “Girls Who Code” is backed by companies including Google, eBay, Twitter and General Electric, according to a report by Nick Bilton of the New York Times.
The program notes the lack of female representation in the tech industry, emphasizing statistics showing that just 14% of female college graduates work in the field with computer science and engineering degrees.
Its goal is to get females aged 13 to 17 engaged in tech issues while they’re young. “Our support for this initiative represents our commitment to invest in, encourage and empower more women pursuing opportunities in technology,” commented Twitter CEO Dick Constolo on girlswhocode.com.
Girls Who Code is led by former New York Deputy Public Advocate Reshma Saujani. Meanwhile, Twitter noted in a blog post that the group would launch “an 8-week intensive program” pertaining to coding classes.