[NetBehaviour] Girls Who Code: Creating a New Wave of Cyberfeminists?

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Fri Oct 17 10:50:04 CEST 2014

Girls Who Code: Creating a New Wave of Cyberfeminists?

By Gabby Bess

Though it seems like feminism has finally found an apt platform online, 
with Twitter serving as the equivalent of 1960s Feminist Conscious 
Raising times a thousand, in November of last year when Twitter went 
public and its board members were revealed they were (predictably) all 
white men. With the set of Silicon Valley being compared to the mafia, 
"the tech world" -- if it exists as a finite, outwardly defined space -- 
is still dominated and characterized by masculinity, despite the 
increasing awareness of a need for diversity. Due to systemic 
feminization of certain fields over others, women typically aren't 
socialized to pursue STEM careers, leaving more than enough of an excuse 
for women to be excluded from the tech elite. To correct this 
discrepancy and encourage young girls early on, sites like Girls Who 
Code and Black Girls Code provide resources to teach girls programming 
skills. These organizations promote intensive camps and summer immersion 
programs to foster an interest in STEM topics, hopefully preparing them 
for a career in the field. The stake in this push for young, 
cyberfeminists is representation.



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