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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