Code Like a Girl
Director of Operations at New York Code + Design Academy, Robyn Steinberg tells her story and views about girls in technology to the Wall Street Journal.
She started as a recruiting agent before taking a leap into her career in technology. When she entered the world of technology and startups, she realized she went from a female-dominated industry, into a male-dominated industry. Knowing this, Steinberg joined the New York Code + Design Academy’s management team. The Academy offers workshops in Web and mobile-app development and user-experience design, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“Women tend to be a bit more timid around technology,” Steinberg said. “The program is working to change that mindset along with other organizations, including Girl Develop It, Women Who Code and Girls Who Code.”
The organization has made great strides in fostering the power girls have for coding, in order to change the industry as a whole. Steinberg told WSJ that it is a challenge to fix the gender imbalance, but like other organizations with the same goals, they are taking small steps at a time and are able to see their progress as they go along.
New York Code + Design Academy’s notion is that “anyone can code-young, old, male, female.” They get themselves known through women-oriented tech organizations. Steinberg also mentioned that 29% of their instructors and 20% of the staff are female, and they are always looking for candidates to join their organization.
“Go ahead, start coding like a girl,” Steinberg said.
It won’t be long before industries see girls taking control of the tech world. Once that happens, the gender issue will be a thing of the past.
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