Girls in grades 6-12 can take advantage of a free Girls Who Code program coming to Wellesley Free Library on Wednesday nights from July 13 to Aug. 3.
Each class is 2 hours long (6:30-8:30pm) and those who sign up (by emailing wellesleygwc@gmail.
Louise E. says
This coding class for girls seems like a great endeavor on the high school student’s part. However, it also strikes me as sexist. And perhaps since it’s being held in a public building, maybe some young males could be included.
Perhaps a young male can take the initiative, as Ms. Boyd has done, to start a ‘boys who code’ class. It seems to me that this is an effort to give girls a leg up in an otherwise male dominated field. Please don’t cast dispersion, or PC seeming comments,, on an otherwise positive endeavor.
Mark H. says
I think this says it all:
“After all, women make up a very small percentage of software developers – 11.2% according to one 2013 survey – and the presence of sexism in all corners of the overwhelmingly male tech industry has been well documented.
So the student researchers were surprised when their hypothesis proved false – code written by women was in fact more likely to be approved by their peers than code written by men. But that wasn’t the end of the story: this only proved true as long as their peers didn’t realise the code had been written by a woman.
“Our results suggest that although women on GitHub may be more competent overall, bias against them exists nonetheless,” the study’s authors write.”