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Google is looking to boost the skills of women and minorities in the tech sector by paying for coding lessons. Google, which made the announcement at a women in technology panel at Google I/O, said it will pay for thousands of free lessons in coding for women and minorities via Code School, an online resource for both free and paid code tutorials and exercises. 
Google said it would select thousands of individuals and pay for three months of their Code School memberships. 
The tech giant said that the latest initiative -- which is part of Google's $50 million Made with Code initiative -- comes after the realization that only a quarter of IT jobs are held by women and only 3 percent of scientists and engineers are African-Americans. 
The Made with Code initiative was launched by YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, who is currently Google's highest ranking female employee. Inspired by her own daughter, Wojcicki started the Google effort to get other young girls interested in studying computer science. 
"Unfortunately, there are far too few women like them and far too few young girls following their paths. In fact, fewer than one percent of high school girls express interest in majoring in computer science," said Wojcicki.

"This is an issue that hits home for me. My school-age daughter instinctively knows how to play games, watch videos and chat with friends online. She understands technology. And she likes using technology. But, she never expressed any interest in creating it herself. 

"So, I decided to launch a campaign at home — connecting my daughter to coding resources, increasing my encouragement and introducing her to other girls interested in computer science...Nowadays, coding isn’t just a skill useful for working at a tech company; engineering isn’t just for engineers. Interior design. Medicine. Architecture. Music. No matter what a girl dreams of doing, learning how to code will help her get there. Their future — our future — is made with code. Let’s do what we can to make sure that future is as bright as possible."
Wojcicki is the only female member of Google's 14-person "Management Team" of "Executive Officers" (6 men, 0 women) and "Senior Leadership (7 men, 1 woman).  Now Ms. Wojcicki, 

Women at Google make up only 17 percent of Google's tech employees, while African-Americans account for 1 percent and Hispanics make up 2 percent of Google's tech workers.

Those interested can apply here

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Double Standard
By chripuck on 6/30/2014 2:41:22 PM , Rating: 5
Imagine the outcry if Google came out and stated they were going to pay for White/Asian men to learn better coding skills. Women or any other minority need not apply.

Hell would break loose...

RE: Double Standard
By Reclaimer77 on 6/30/2014 2:51:11 PM , Rating: 5
This...this right here is my biggest problem with affirmative action mandates like this.

They're inherently racist/sexist.

I seriously doubt Google is a racist or sexist company when it comes to their HR department. They've simply been hiring the best people for the job.

Now they're going to change that to focus on women and men from certain ethnic and gender groups. Meaning well-qualified people not fitting onto that category, get excluded!

Congrats! You really made the world a better place, didn't you?

RE: Double Standard
By frelled on 6/30/14, Rating: -1
RE: Double Standard
By Milliamp on 6/30/2014 4:15:14 PM , Rating: 3
Schools on Indian reservations receive something like 6x the amount of federal funding as other schools yet they are some of the worst performing schools in the country (source ) The rural school I attended in NY state had the lowest per capita funding at the time I attended and we were one of the best performing public schools in the state.

It varies by state but the per student funding for low income areas is generally the same nationally as it is for high income areas. Nationally its $10,153 in areas with ~0% poverty and $10,207 in areas with %30 poverty.

Maybe you need to consider that the situation may be more complex than just school funding? Diane Sawyer did a documentary on Strawberry Mansion (considered one of the most dangerous high schools in the US) and at one of the PTA meetings one teacher in the documentary had only a single parent come in to check on their student.

I'm not sure how that's a funding problem, should they pay parents to come in to PTA meetings and pretend to care? Who do you suppose makes the school dangerous? Me? You? The correct answer is the students themselves.

RE: Double Standard
By M'n'M on 6/30/2014 5:00:14 PM , Rating: 2
Let's go back to the article ...
"Unfortunately, there are far too few women like them and far too few young girls following their paths. In fact, fewer than one percent of high school girls express interest in majoring in computer science," said Wojcicki.

So while you might, maybe have some point re: urban black schools, part of the "problem" trying to be solved has nothing to do with race or poverty. It has everything to do with what girls and young women want to do with their futures.

My point is we already exclude people from getting these jobs and the situation is already fixed in your favor.
50 years ago I would have agreed with you but today ... not so much. That isn't to say their isn't racism but rather that, at some point, people and their culture and let's define this as poor urban blacks, need to stop shooting themselves in the foot. You're correct it's hard to get out of poverty but it's even harder when you don't take advantage of all the opportunities because it'll make you "too white". Bill Cosby had it right decades ago and what was he labeled ?

RE: Double Standard
By Spuke on 6/30/2014 7:24:25 PM , Rating: 2
Bill Cosby had it right decades ago and what was he labeled ?
Bill Cosby was on point.

RE: Double Standard
By glowingghoul on 6/30/2014 7:55:37 PM , Rating: 1
What you are is a whiny, self-hating white leftist. Not only are you wrong about the correlation between money and academic achievement, you are blind to the underlying causes of failure in the black community. It's much easier for you to rage against white's and "evil America".

RE: Double Standard
By Jeffk464 on 6/30/2014 9:03:37 PM , Rating: 2
What you are is a white, privileged clueless, individual. Racism is inherent in the system. When minorities are relegated to poor performing schools that are underfunded because they are in areas that are not affluent and lack the tax base, and we provide money to schools based on local taxes, the system is BIASED

Nope, google has a very high percentage of minority employees they just aren't the ones you are concerned with. By the way in California funding for school's come from the state level so is not dependent on how rich the surrounding community is.

RE: Double Standard
By Spuke on 6/30/2014 11:21:03 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure why you got rated down. What you said is true.

RE: Double Standard
By FITCamaro on 7/1/2014 8:57:13 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah I'm "privileged" to be able to be denied a job because someone of a different color or gender who's less qualified is needed to complete a check mark at a company.

I'm "privileged" to have to pay for all my own needs while paying for others needs as well.

I'm "privileged" for not being eligible for hardly any scholarships when I went to college because my parents "made too much".

And now for being "privileged" to have to pay back my student loans while others will have theirs be forgiven.

Our system is indeed full of discrimination. Against people who don't want a hand out. Against white males. Public school funding has never been higher and they've never been worse performing. My parents sacrificed nice cars, fancy clothes, and expensive vacations to send me and my siblings to private school. And that private school cost less per student than nearly all public schools spend per student.

RE: Double Standard
By Noonecares on 6/30/2014 4:44:19 PM , Rating: 2
So where did it say that they were hiring people that complete their courses?

RE: Double Standard
By Jeffk464 on 6/30/2014 8:59:55 PM , Rating: 2
Meaning well-qualified people not fitting onto that category, get excluded!

Yup, if Google isn't just hiring the best it might be time to sell their stock.

RE: Double Standard
By woman45 on 7/2/2014 2:21:30 PM , Rating: 2
O stop it, everyone needs a chance.

RE: Double Standard
By retrospooty on 7/2/2014 4:24:07 PM , Rating: 2
"Now they're going to change that to focus on women and men from certain ethnic and gender groups."

I don't see any hiring policies here... Google (a private company I remind you) is offering to help pay for classes for women and minorities.

What bastards!

RE: Double Standard
By glowingghoul on 6/30/2014 3:20:55 PM , Rating: 3
Gee, let's see, you'll pay for women and minorities...

Wouldn't it have bee more straightforward for Google to say they will pay for a coding education for everyone except white males?

RE: Double Standard
By Jeffk464 on 6/30/2014 9:04:35 PM , Rating: 2
White, asian, and Indian males

RE: Double Standard
By SteelRing on 6/30/2014 3:58:48 PM , Rating: 2
Asians are still a minority, by far, but I bet they are not qualified for this program.


RE: Double Standard
By Spuke on 6/30/2014 4:06:11 PM , Rating: 3
Google (sigh), why are you getting caught up in this crap? Just hire the best people and leave the political-social stuff out of this.

RE: Double Standard
By Nightbird321 on 6/30/2014 4:33:05 PM , Rating: 2
There wouldn't be any outcry. There are no roadblocks for white/men in the science fields, but there are for women, so they're doing this for PR purposes. This is just funding some scholarships for a pet project of a top exec. You get into one of these positions, and then you can create a scholarship for white/men. It'd just be a plain ol' scholarship, which comprise the majority of them out there...

RE: Double Standard
By KCjoker on 6/30/2014 6:42:19 PM , Rating: 2
what roadblock is there for a woman that there isn't for a man? You think the computer cares what sex the person is doing the coding? lol

RE: Double Standard
By Spuke on 6/30/2014 7:25:50 PM , Rating: 2
There are no more roadblocks. Everyone has the opportunity now, just need take advantage of it.

RE: Double Standard
By FITCamaro on 7/1/2014 12:10:35 PM , Rating: 2
Yup. I used to have a blind developer on my team at work. He didn't let the fact that he couldn't see stop him. And I personally complemented him for doing so.

RE: Double Standard
By Nightbird321 on 6/30/2014 7:27:49 PM , Rating: 2
What roadblock is there for a man to be a nurse? You think a sick person cares who is taking blood pressure or blood? Try looking up the gender ratio :)

RE: Double Standard
By glowingghoul on 6/30/2014 7:59:01 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see men complaining about being underrepresented in nursing.

I would suggest that there might be a difference <gasp> in aptitude and interests between males and females.

RE: Double Standard
By Jeffk464 on 6/30/2014 9:08:24 PM , Rating: 2
Last I heard the industry wants more male nurses because they can lift patients and what not.

RE: Double Standard
By Nightbird321 on 6/30/2014 11:30:20 PM , Rating: 2
Well, better not start a scholarship to get men interested in nursing, lest it offend people on the internet lol

RE: Double Standard
By japlha on 6/30/2014 4:36:36 PM , Rating: 2
Just more nonsense in the name of feminism or minority rights. If females, minorities or anyone else don't want to code then why force them?

Are teachers discouraging girls from taking programming in school? Are girls being bullied if they are taking programming in school? Are there an equal number of males and females applying to computer science programs in universities? Are there higher numbers of female applicants, with similar or higher grades as male applicants, being rejected at these universities in favour of male applications?

Where is the outcry and affirmative action to get more women involved in coal mining or king crab fishing?

Obviously, if an industry is dominated by white males there must be a conspiracy that prevents anyone other than white males from attaining these positions.

RE: Double Standard
By FITCamaro on 7/1/2014 8:50:58 AM , Rating: 2
Yup as a white male it is completely legal to discriminate against me.

RE: Double Standard
By KoolAidMan1 on 7/2/2014 1:38:15 PM , Rating: 1
Wow, look at all the oppressed white males here, such sadness...

RE: Double Standard
By retrospooty on 7/2/2014 4:29:10 PM , Rating: 2
"Yup as a white male it is completely legal to discriminate against me."

How exactly are you being discriminated against here? A private company if offering to help pay for classes for women and minorities to learn to code or improve their coding skills.

How can you possibly have a problem with that? As a fellow WMA, you make me ill. Invariably, whenever there is an issue about rights, minorities, gays, whatever hte issue is, you are always on the bigoted side of the argument claiming you arent a bigot. Hmmm. Not saying you are, but... Hmmm.

Numbers are nothing without context
By Milliamp on 6/30/2014 2:59:04 PM , Rating: 4
It's worth mention that Google has about 30% Asian employees although they didn't get mentioned here and about 5% African American. Based on City Data, San Francisco is 41.6% white, 33.2% Asian, and 5.6% African American which mostly mirrors Google's statistics. Facebook is also very similar.

Most people seem to have the impression that employers need to do more to diversify their workforce but with the percentage of women employed in tech mirroring the percentage of female STEM majors it sounds like the problem exists long before it gets into the hands of employers.

Aside from Google is also offering a similar program on offering schools credit for supplies based on student completion of a few courses.

I support offering opportunity to people but I think we should draw the line at believing tech employees have to look like an exact cross section of the US population. Part of being a modernized nation means people are free to pursue their interests and passions and many women just don't find computer science/programming satisfying.

By Jeffk464 on 7/1/2014 6:40:38 PM , Rating: 2
You forgot that you have to be a high paid Google employee to afford to live in San Francisco.

I read the article twice
By dxf2891 on 7/1/2014 12:10:27 PM , Rating: 2
and no where in it does it talk about Google hiring minorities. It states that Google is offering a free three month online coding class to women and African Americans. And I could have sworn that it was on this website that I continously hear how we should do away with regulation and let the free market dictate what they will do. How is it that you all should now be able to dictate to Google how they donate their funds? And all things considered, what they donated was not even a whole drop in the ocean that is their resources. But I guess all it takes for the vitriol to come out is a misread of an article.

RE: I read the article twice
By FITCamaro on 7/1/2014 12:13:07 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not against Google offering this program to people. But I can be critical that if someone like me wanted to take it, I'd be charged for it because of my gender and/or the color of my skin. Or unable to at all.

The point is clear
By dxf2891 on 7/1/2014 12:02:16 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think their decision has anything to do with racism or sexism. The numbers don't lie. For every one woman in coding there are three men. It it is a field dominiated by Whites and Asians. The are just attempting to offer those who may have never entered into the field and opportunity to expand. And Affirmative Action does the exact same thing and so does Legacy Applications, nepotism, Union dependents and a host of other advantages given to people every day. Where is the outrage for those?

racism and sexism works!
By coolkev99 on 7/2/2014 8:50:48 AM , Rating: 2
Hey far left progressives, so if one were to get a sex change from M to F could they then take advantage of this?

p.s. Institutionalized Sexism and Racism is NOT ok, the ends do not justify the means. All it will really do is keep racism and sexism alive and well.

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