London, England-based social enterprise Little Miss Geek wants to change the world. How does it plan to do that, exactly? It aims to inspire the next generation of young girls to work in technology and gaming.
The Little Miss Geek movement started with a book by the same name written by Belinda Parmar and published in 2012.
According to Amazon.com, Little Miss Geek (the book), “charts the rise of the Little Miss Geek as she fights her way from childhood, through school and into the heart of the technology industry. Along the way the book outlines practical steps that will bridge the gap between women and technology, and help inspire girls everywhere to be tech pioneers. Women will be part of the next technological revolution. Little Miss Geek has arrived.”
The book is just the beginning of a movement that challenges the status quo of women in technology. According to the Little Miss Geek website:
“Little Miss Geek is inspiring the next generation of young girls to change the world through technology. We will do for the tech industry what Jamie Oliver did for school dinners; to cause nationwide change from the ground up.”
Little Miss Geek is working with teachers, tech industry leaders and policy makers to inspire girls to work in technology. Its impressive list of partners includes Dell, Nikon, Mozilla, Philips, WIRED, and Bank of America-Merrill Lynch.
The organization’s programs include after school technology clubs and the “Her in Hero” campaign, which encourages schools to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day (Lovelace is recognized as the very first computer programmer).
Perhaps the most admirable trait of the Little Miss Geek movement is its determination. Its website says that it, “…will not rest until 50% of the tech and games workforce is female…” (source).
In the United States, only 18% of students graduating with computer science degrees are women, but the Department of Labor estimates 1.4 million new computer science jobs by 2020. Determination will be critical in helping to change the educational and professional climate for women and girls with interests in computer science and technology.
To learn more about Little Miss Geek, visit its website or click here to learn more about American women in coding.
Posted on Wed, April 9, 2014
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