Today, the Princeton Public Library offered the community a wonderful opportunity to share our thoughts and experiences with likeminded, empowering women.
The documentary CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap is a must-watch! It not only describes the perceived STEAM Gender Gap issue, it provides statistics and fabulous ways to visualize them. It sheds light on real experiences that real 21st century women in the tech world are facing by their male counterparts. However, it also gives us hope by showcasing the inclusive and supportive programs that are getting more girls to break the out of the mold and try their hand at STEAM. Not only this, but us girls are bringing a fresh perspective to the table, adding diversity, and we’re getting things done!
This documentary really made me realize how much of an issue this continues to be. One quote that really captures the issue is “It’s hard to get women into a field that will underfund them and sexually harass them.”. Watch the trailer, and read more about it here: http://www.codedoc.co/about/
Following the screening I had the opportunity to be part of a panel of 4 other empowering women. We discussed STEAM education, our experiences in the field, and our visions for the future.
These types of events always get me motivated to continue to get more girls to try something new, and get involved in the STEAM field. As I mentioned during the panel session, “‘Aha moments’ are not hard to achieve when working with tech, but can surely spark interest amongst anyone.”