General Motors has teamed up with Girls Who Code to help inspire the next generation of female technology and engineering leaders, as GM pledged to support GWC with a $250,000 grant.
“Becoming an engineer paved the way for my career,” said GM CEO Mary Barra. “It’s one of the reasons I am passionate about promoting STEM education to students everywhere. Partnering with Girls Who Code is one more step in GM’s commitment to inspiring and growing diverse future leaders. I’m extremely proud that some of GM’s top female leaders will spend time with the students, teaching them about the possibilities and rewards of a STEM education.”
GM and GWC will focus on girls in underserved communities to provide access to computer science education, sisterhood, mentorship and projects that demonstrate the real-world impact of computing. The $250,000 grant will provide free after school activities at schools universities and community centers.
“While we’re proud of our progress to date in closing the gender gap in technology, our work is just getting started. It’s never been a more urgent time to help our girls succeed in technology and engineering,” said GWC Founder and CEO Reshma Saujani. “We need more of our daughters to become engineers like Mary Barra, not just because these are goods jobs, but because having diverse thinkers in these roles makes our companies more innovative and competitive. I’m thrilled that our partnership with GM will help thousands of girls get access to top jobs and they’ll get to shape the products and services we use every day.”
Research showed that, although the demand for computing jobs will grow, women in the roles will decline over the next decade. The GM and GMC partnership looks to begin eroding that gap and provide opportunities for women in the field. Both parties estimate the programs designed to engage women could triple the amount of women in the computing workforce in 10 years.
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