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Girls Who Code

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Technology creeps into every aspect of a millennials life. As we bury our heads in our iPad, laptop, smart phone and television we conduct business, make friends, receive headline news and make purchases at the touch of a screen with instant gratification.

This seems quite normal to me being nineteen years old, however I'd never really thought about exactly how many women contribute to the technology that drives our world every second of the day, until, thanks to Made With Code by Google, I tried my hand at coding.

Before I get into how crazy cool my experience was, first some statistics that will blow your mind.

In Middle School, 74 percent of girls express interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), but when choosing a college major, just 0.3 percent of high school girls select computer science.

Only 3 in every 25 engineers are women

I'll admit, I didn't grow up with dreams of becoming a coder. It wasn't popular and it seemed to be a man's market. The lack of exposure in high school and the trending styles direct girls to the popular careers leaving the thought of a "geeky" STEM career as a choice only for boys.

I believe all girls should be exposed to more STEM-related subjects. Raising the percentage of women who code could potentially create a positive movement for the way technology is driven. Men and women coding together will bring balanced insights to create advanced technology conducive to a healthy and productive lifestyle.

Coding is cool! Thanks Google for exposing girls to coding. While creating My Girl Power bracelet via www.madewithcode.com I realized not only the importance of coding, but the fact that it's fun and cool.

I'm a girl and I have the power to make a positive difference in our world. I challenge all girls to try their hand at coding. Trust me, it's cool!

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