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Google Aims to Close the Gender Gap by Offering Free Coding for Women

The last day of Google's I/O developers conference ended with a panel on women in technology, as the tech giant ann...

Google Aims to Close the Gender Gap by Offering Free Coding for Women

The last day of Google's I/O developers conference ended with a panel on women in technology, as the tech giant announced that it will pay for continuing education for both women and minorities in the tech industry. The diversity initiative vouchers went to the conference's female attendees, but they will also go to any woman worldwide, via Google's online application.

 

 

The initiative arrives just as Google releases some unimpressive numbers in its diversity report – women comprise just 30% of its workforce, while African-Americans and Hispanics account for only five percent.

 

In effort to address the lack of diversity in the tech industry, Google is joining forces with the self-learning program Code School. Code School CEO Gregg Pollack says Google will give away promo codes to thousands of women and minorities who want to pursue programming careers. The programme will last for three months, and it will be free of charge.

 

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The free coding lessons for women and minorities are also part of Google’s $50 million Made With Code initiative, which encourages women to get creative with code. “Made With Code” hopes to increase the number of women who major in Computer Science-- currently about 1%.

 

Google’s X division vice president, Megan Smith, said that the company's initiative was about “debugging inclusion.” On the gender gap Smith added, “We shouldn't feel guilty about our biases, we should wake up and do something about them.”

 

On a brighter note, Google was happy to announce at the conference keynote that there were twice as many women attending in comparison to last year. You go Google!  

 

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