(Source: Inside Magazine)
Google's only top female executive has launched a collaboration to inspire young females to pursue coding

Today only 30 percent of Google Inc. (GOOG) employees are women.  That's not as bad as some Silicon Valley firms who have even fewer, but Google is concerned that too few young women today are dreaming big, hoping to become the next Bill Gates, Elon Musk, or Larry Page -- the next great software engineer.

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki is currently Google's highest ranking female employee.  She 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, inspired by her own daughter, has launched a Google effort to inspire young girls to study computer science.
Google's demographics

She writes:

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. 

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. It wasn’t always easy, but it’s already showing results. She recently started learning basic computer languages and using code to do projects at home. 
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. 

She calls her effort "Made with Code".  Her partners in the effort include:
Google Made w Code

Google, et al.'s effort consists thus far of: Today very few women are pursuing these kinds of opportunities.  Just 18.5 percent of the young people taking the AP computer science test last year were female.  Only 0.4 percent of female college students declare they want a computers science degree.  But those who do declare see a lot of success; 14 percent of CS graduates are women, according to The New York Times.  The concern is that the gender gap is widening, not closing. In 1986, 36 percent of CS grads were female.

It's nice to see Google working towards sharing knowledge and key job skills with a group which often is encouraged by society to overlook these opportunities.

Source: Google

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