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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