Black Girls CODE is devoted to showing the world that black girls can code, and do so much more. By reaching out to the community through workshops and after school programs, Black Girls CODE introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages such as Scratch or Ruby on Rails. Black Girls CODE has set out to prove to the world that girls of every color have the skills to become the programmers of tomorrow. By promoting classes and programs we hope to grow the number of women of color working in technology and give underprivileged girls a chance to become the masters of their technological worlds.
The digital divide, or the gap between those with regular, effective access to digital technology and those without, is becoming an increasingly critical problem in society. As more and more information becomes electronic, the inability to get online can leave entire communities at an extremely dangerous disadvantage. White households are twice as likely to have home Internet access as African American houses. Sixty-six percent of Latinos report having a home computer, as opposed to 88 percent of Caucasians.
Through community outreach programs such as workshops and after school programs, we introduce underprivileged girls to basic programming skills in languages like Scratch and Ruby on Rails. Introducing girls of color to these skills gives them an introduction to today’s computer technology, an essential tool for surviving in the 21st century. The skills they acquire through the programs give these young women a chance at well-paying professions with prestigious companies, as well as the ability to enter into the field as an entrepreneurs and leaders of technology.
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Annemarie McDaniels, “My Hardest New Years Resolution? Embracing my Curls” at SPARK (http://www.sparksummit.com/2014/01/24/my-hardest-new-years-resolution-embracing-my-curls/)
When schools ban historically black hairstyles from being worn at school, it is sending the message to girls that their natural hair texture isn’t respectable. Only painful, more ”white”-appearing alternatives, such as straighteners, weaves, or chemical relaxers, can be worn in public. When I, or other women with curls, dare to wear our natural hair to our school or to our job, we have to worry about retaliation. We have to worry about being sent home from school, like Tiana, or watching our employer fire us for “intimidating” ethnic hair, which Melphine Evans says she experienced at BP. Setting these standards on curly hair, whether explicit or not, shapes the lives and minds of black and mixed-race women everywhere.
Women are looked at as if our bodies (including hair!) determine our desirability. That’s why my New Year’s resolution feels so hard. Every day when I wear my hair down, I wonder if an acquaintance finds it empowering, if a cute peer finds it attractive, or if a potential employer finds it presentable. That’s also why it’s my favorite New Year’s resolution. Instead of constricting it with hair ties, I smile as it keeps poofing and frizzing and taking up space.