The young women of Girls Who Code will be our next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators. They will create the next Facebook, and spearhead the next social movement. They will lift up their communities and they will use technology to do it.
In this era, supporting women in technology is crucial. The statistics are stacked against girls and women who aspire for STEM careers and yet, role models do still exist. The obstacles are high and the stereotypes are strong -- let's start appreciating those women who break the mold.
Women are not only outnumbering men in social media usage, but they are spending more time on the social sites that they visit. Why are we not among the founders and the leaders of the companies that serve us?
While the lack of women in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields is often attributed to lack of ability or desire on the part of women, a more likely explanation is that societal beliefs, or stereotypes, color our view.
For all of the incredible doors the web has opened for the world, it's also overwhelmed us with an amount of content that we'll never be able to absorb. The curated web is an important next step to provide people with the ideas and information they are looking for.
As women, it's critical that we open doors for young girls who do not know they exist. These are not just doors to the unknown, but doors to the "STEM" careers: opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
At BlogHer, I was suddenly in a universe in which concerns at the center of so many women's lives were put front and center. It became clear to me how marginalized and trivialized these topics are in our mainstream media and in our culture.
A spate of recent research is shedding more light on the fact that a woman's environment affects whether or not she chooses to pursue studies in math, science or engineering. Nurture, it appears, matters.