Uber to donate $1.2M to Girls Who Code

Uber is finally getting a bit of good PR while also doing some serious good to encourage women and girls in STEM careers.

According to Glamour, the ride-sharing company is “moving forward with their multi-year partnership with Girls Who Code and giving the nonprofit a $1.2 million grant to help make their vision—closing tech’s gender gap—a reality.”

The move follows several reports of sexism and harassment within Uber, says Glamour, but with the company under new management after CEO Travis Kalanick was ousted and a March 2017 diversity report forcing them to double down on making a gender-inclusive workplace, Uber is taking steps in the right direction. Uber’s three-year endeavor to end the diversity gap in the tech world starts with Girls Who Code, reports Glamour, with Uber’s donation helping to “teach over 60,000 girls the skills they need to break into the tech world.”

Glamour also reports that Uber’s new chief brand officer Bozoma Saint John will also be joining the board of directors of Girls Who Code, marking another attempt to encourage girls in tech.

Small steps in the present will help make a bigger impact in the future! Good going, Uber.

Girls Who Code founder delivers advice in Harvard speech

Raising strong, determined girls certainly takes work, but luckily, Reshma Saujani has the perfect advice for making that a reality.

According to Bustle, the Girls Who Code founder spoke at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s convocation and shared what she thinks it takes to raise strong and successful women.

“Success is a product of bravery, not perfection,” Saujani asserted, Bustle reports.

Explaining that there are differences in the ways girls and boys are brought up, Bustle says Saujani offered that “we train our boys to be brave, to throw caution to the wind, and follow their passions,” while we “train our girls to be perfect, to please, and play it safe, to follow the rules, and to always get straight As. The result? Girls are kicking butt in the classroom, but falling behind in the real world.”

Saujani shared her own story as proof, recounting her three applications to Yale Law School, says Bustle — a time when she constantly sought to perfect her resume instead of pursuing things that would make a difference, such as running for office or starting her nonprofit. It was bravery, she told the crowd, not perfection that “was the key that has unlocked every door that I have walked through since.”

Concluding her speech with a bit of advice, Bustle said Saujani cautioned the audience by saying, “Don’t let our girls play it safe. Don’t let them limit themselves to the thing they think they’re best at, or the thing they think they should do. Push them to be brave. Push them to take risks. Reward them for trying.”

Watch Saujani’s inspirational speech here.

Coding like a girl

Girls can code — if only being a female didn’t get in the way.

That’s the snarky message behind Girls Who Code‘s latest campaign, according to ELLEwhich aims to draw attention to the gender bias in technology. Released on Tuesday, May 17, ELLE says “the series of videos tackles women-specific ‘problems’ — like menstruation, being pretty or having boobs — that explain why girls supposedly ‘can’t’ code.”

Each video in the series centers around a specific theme that answers the question, “Why can’t girls code?” One sarcastically posits that menstruation makes it impossible for girls to code, while another offers that girls’ beauty gets in the way of their academic and professional endeavors in the field.

Two girls explain that they can’t code in one video because, “”It’s hard to code when you can’t stop crying … Or when you’re having mood swings.”

Another video depicts one teen attempting to use the computer, but she promptly stops to fix her nail polish, which chipped after a few strokes of the keyboard.

The video series comes at a time when women’s place in the tech industry is wavering, at best. According to a March 2015 article from The Huffington Posta study found that the percentage of computing jobs held by females has dropped over the past 23 years, with 26 percent of such positions being held by women in 2013 as compared to 35 percent in 1990.

The study, done by the American Association of University Women, also found that the number of women holding degrees in the field has also decreased.

But with this campaign clearly pointing out the lunacy of the gender bias present in the tech industry, maybe more girls will decide to pursue the tech path — and prove everyone wrong in the process.