Hamden, CONN. (WTNH/ QU UNIVERSITY) – A lecture will be held on Wednesday talking about the gender gap in the technology business. The talk will be presented by Reshma Saujani, the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code.
“Tech jobs are among the fastest growing in the country, yet girls are being left behind,” Saujani said. “While interest in computer science ebbs over time, the biggest drop off happens between the ages of 13-17. By 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs available in computing-related fields. U.S. graduates are on track to fill 29 percent of those jobs. Women are on track to fill just 3 percent.”
Saujani created Girls Who Code to close the gender gap in technology. The organization has gone from 20 girls in New York to 10,000 girls in 42 states who learn about computer science through a variety of real-world projects in several areas, including art and storytelling, robotics, video games, websites and app development.
“That’s the same number of girls who graduate each year with a degree in computer science,” Saujani said. “That’s progress. I’m proud to say we’re not just aiming to close the gender gap in tech. We’re actually doing it.”
Saujani is the author of the book, Women Who Don’t Wait in Line, which advocates for a new model of female leadership that focuses on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship and sponsorship and boldly charting your own personal and professional course.
After years of working as an attorney and supporting the Democratic Party as an activist and fundraiser, Saujani left her private-sector career behind and joined the political scene as the first Indian-American woman in the country to run for U.S. Congress.
The talk will be held at Burt Kahn Court at Quinnipiac University, 275 Mount Carmel Avenue. The event is free and open to the public