Tech Girl Monthly | March 15, 2013
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March 8 was International Women's Day and March is Women's History Month. It is a good time to reflect on the progress we've made in gender equity as well as continuing to knock down barriers for the next generation. In the field of computer science, we know there are still not enough role models and mentors for girls to look up to and see a reflection of their future selves as creators of technology. There are still not enough parents, educators and community leaders who recognize the importance of computing literacy for everyone. So what gives me hope? Hanging out with Teen Tech Girls
and experiencing first hand their passion for learning and making a difference and with Women Learning Tech
who are learning about developing and designing websites. I am hopeful today because I know there is this amazing group of women and girls who are stepping out and learning about, sharing with and creating technology.
In the News
Brilliant women then and now (cnn.com)
New Study Exposes Gender Bias in Tech Job Listings (wired.com)
'Lean In': Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg Explains What's Holding Women Back (npr.org)
Computer science enrollments soared last year, rising 30%, but women accounted for only 12.9% of students graduating with bachelor's degrees in CS (computerworld.com)
Keep up to date with the latest Teen Tech Girl news
Girl Rising is a gorgeous film and an ambitious project. Not only is it meant to highlight the impact that education has had on the lives of 9 girls from around the globe, it is meant to ignite a movement to see that power of education extend to millions of girls, which in turn, will literally change the world. 10x10act
is really using the power of the people to create this movement by empowering us to bring Girl Rising to our communities through crowd-sourcing. It is as simple as booking a screening online and then getting enough people to reserve their ticket. If enough people reserve, then your screening tips and you can host an awesome event like we did in Charlottesville this past March 11. One important lesson I learned in this process is that having a collaborator is the key to success. On my own, my screening was going nowhere, but when I connected with Kate Collier, owner of Feast!
, our reservations took off and we sold out!
Don’t miss seeing Girl Rising. You can search for a screening at girlrising.com
and if you don’t see one in your area, start a crowd-sourced screening yourself - it’s a great experience!
As always, we want to hear about your creations
Live & Local in Charlottesville
Fourth Thursday of the month
Teen Tech Girls Monthly Meetups - registration is open to local middle and high school girls, parents are welcome.
Second Tuesday of the month
Women Learning Tech Meetups at the new HackCville space - registration coming soon.
March 23 - 9am to 3pm
NanoDays at UVa
where the engineering school opens up for all to tours and demonstrations of awesomely cool science!
March 24 - noon
Girls in Engineering Science Exploration Program for middle school girls is put on by the Society of Women Engineers at UVa. Reservation required.
April 13 - 10am to 5pm
Charlottesville Mini-Maker Faire at Tandem Friends School
April 20 - noon to 3pm
Hey, Girls! Get Your Geek On! for elementary school aged girls - registration
Scratch Day - local events to be announced soon.
Virtual & Global
Submit an Article, Event or Creation
We'd love to hear from you! What are you doing to engage girls in technology? Who inspires you? What cool tech creations do we need to know about? You can submit your ideas at teentechgirls.org