I started working at a new place as a designer (I’ve been pretty excited about it).
In this company, women are a majority and that’s pretty awesome. We are no longer the “female colleagues” with delicate feelings, but a valuable workforce (and a pretty fierce one too).
In my first couple of days, I was trying to fit in with the rest of the team, trying to get to know more about one of my new colleagues. While we were talking over lunch, she told me that her dream was to learn how to code in Phyton. My immediate reaction was disbelief and of a certain confusion. Somehow it seemed very strange to me that her dream was related to code and data analyzes.
Thinking back, I realized that the only reason I reacted like that, was due to the fact that I grew up in a society were some subjects are perceived as more “male-oriented” such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and we get “programmed” to think that women won’t like it or succeed as much in it.
I mean, I studied science in high school and met a lot of women that studied Technology and Math in College and are pretty incredible. So why did I thought like that? It doesn’t make any sense but unfortunately, I believe I’m not the only one.
Even though we fight for equal rights and equal opportunities, there isn’t enough incentive and awareness, especially in schools, about these subjects and we definitely need to change that. That’s where Made with Code comes in.
The story behind the numbers
Made with Code is a Google’s initiative.
It was created based on the fact that women are still miss represented in technological jobs, even though coding has become indispensable and one of the most well paid and requested job category.
This program hopes to educate people, especially parents, and to encourage them to motivate teenage girls to pursuit and study code. With code, they can do pretty much everything they put their minds into from fashion to web design.
Besides Google, Vodafone also supports and develops this kind of initiatives. It is teaming up with the first Portuguese school of code for kids and teenagers – Happy Code – to create a program for 1000 girls in 26 different countries.
If you are a parent, enroll your daughter in one of these courses and teach your son that it’s ok for girls to like the same things that he does. It doesn’t make them more or less of a person because of that.
As for me, even though I don’t like to code, I’ll stop thinking that’s a women’s thing. From now on, it’s all about supporting these movements and proudly saying “show them what you got, #codelikeagirl!”
Also published on Medium.