When we signed our two girls up for coding camp this summer, they weren’t too happy about it.
“What’s the point?” The older one said. “It’s not like I want to be a computer programmer.”
These days, knowing how to program computers or write apps is a lot like, well, math. A skill that everyone needs. And unfortunately, all too often, women are the ones without that skill.
Google recently released numbers that revealed women comprise just 17% of its tech staff. And this is a company that is actively working hard to change these numbers by getting more women into the workplace.
Now, our girls may not want to sell an app or work on a Google team or spend a summer interning at Microsoft. But unless they have basic coding skills, they’re going to be on the outside looking in, stumbling around in a world that is dominated by coders.
So I told my daughters a story. The same story I’m going to share with you. And they did, ultimately, see the point.