Is it us or right now when you watch the TV, scroll through your newsfeeds or tune into the radio it seems like it’s just one piece of bad news after another? Well, we want to mix things up and bring you some good news you can talk about.
On top of the standard news, being women, and working in the tech world we are exposed daily to negative statistics about the lack of women in STEM. Don’t get us wrong, these statistics play a vital role in showing how much of a problem this is and it played a part in motivating Anisah, our founder, to start 23 Code Street. Research and stats are important!
However, we think it’s important to showcase the progress and good news too. Incredible movements, organisations, and individuals exist who are tackling issues head-on. For example, Stemmettes, started by Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon (MBE no less!), inspires the next generation of young women to work in STEM fields through exhibitions, hackathons, and mentoring schemes. Code First Girls, headed by Amali De Alwis, have just released their ‘Ones to Watch’ list which highlights young women who are doing amazing, groundbreaking, industry-changing things in tech.
Selfishly, we want not sad stats to prove to us we are moving in the right direction, to motivate us, to show that we are doing the right things.
Good stuff is happening and we are here to shout about it through our hashtag #NotSadStats.
We know it isn’t utopic (or even nearly) yet, but we need to see some good with the bad, and you do too! Here are 5 to kick us off!
Women- led tech firms bring in 12% more revenue than male-led tech firms. Source: Hello Sunshine
Braid found that changing the naming and language used in the description of computer science courses leads to more female identifying applicants. Berkeley renamed their intro course “The Beauty and Joy of Computing” and female applicants outnumbered male ones for the first time in the course’s history.
WISE reported that there has been an increase of 23% of women as science and engineering technicians.
240 million workers would be added to the world’s labour force by 2025 by closing the gender gap in the economy. Source: Mckinsey & Company
The BBC Microbit, a pocket-sized codeable computer, was delivered for free to schools across the UK. 90% of students said by using the computer it helped show them that anyone can code.
Bonus Fact: Since starting 23 Code Street almost two years ago, we have trained 60 women from all different backgrounds and one of our students is now assistant teaching our courses! We’ve got a few places left on our Web Development Foundation course starting next week – you can apply and find out more details here.