Tech Girl Monthly | October 15, 2012
Welcome to the first edition of the Tech Girl Monthly!
October 11, 2012 was the first ever International Day of the Girl
. The UN set this date aside to recognize that empowerment of and investment in girls is critical for economic growth, the eradication of poverty, meaningful participation of girls in decisions that affect them and breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence. Some of us celebrated Day of the "Tech" Girl
because we know that one very important way to empower girls to imagine and achieve new futures for themselves is by showing them the power of computing. At the UN event on October 11, Archbiship Desmond Tutu said, "You have started something that is going to make this a better world. We are on the winning side."
This year an idea has been planted - that the investment in and empowerment of girls is critical to all of us. Now it's up to us to care for and nourish this idea into reality.
In the News
International Day of the Girl really got news about women and girls in tech buzzing. Here are a few of the highlights:
Frustrated by the lack of IT women speakers at IT conferences, Catherine Cronin began crowd sourcing a list. Check out #ITwomen … not so hard to find after all.
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing had record attendance this year - 3,600 tech women! Session notes and blog posts can be found here.
BlackGirlsCode wrapped up its #SummerofCode with events in New York, Detroit, Atlanta and Las Vegas. They recently participated in the Women Interactive Festival at Spelman and also their first international workshop in South Africa!
Little Miss Geek: Bridging the Gap Between Girls and Technology by Belinda Parmar has just been published and she wants "to do for the tech industry what Jamie Oliver did for school dinners".
Carrie Anne Philbin, founder of GeekGurlDiaries, has been nominated for a Digital Heroes Award! Check out her latest videos and support this awesome work.
Keep up to date with the latest Teen Tech Girl news on Scoop.it!
We've started a collection of tech girl creations at Day of the "Tech" Girl
. Check them out and submit your own. Are you a parent or educator - what tech tools do you find most engage girls in creating? Are you a tech girl - what tech tools are your favorites?
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 through the website
or contact Kim Wilkens, firstname.lastname@example.org.