Teachers play a critical role in shaping girls’ future as coders

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With the right encouragement, girls could become the future stars of coding.


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With the right encouragement, girls could become the future stars of coding.

The big idea

It doesn’t take long to help girls see a future for themselves in computer science, but it depends largely on how good their teachers are at recognizing the skills the girls have in coding, which is basically writing language for computers. We found that girls ages 10 to 12 can come to see themselves as coders in as little as a week. And there are diverse roles within the world of coding that allow girls with various personalities and skill sets to see themselves as coders. However, if educators recognize girls only for when they play a background role and help others, but not when they are more assertive and confident, then they may not develop their assertiveness

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New Research From Accenture and Girls Who Code Outlines Steps to Double the Number of Women in Technology in 10 Years

Joint report reveals just eight percent of women of color say it’s easy to thrive in technology

An inclusive culture is key to unlocking opportunities for women who are studying and working in technology, and holds the potential to double their number over the next 10 years, according to a joint research report by Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and Girls Who Code, an international nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology.

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Accenture and Girls Who Code outline how much cultural practices can boost women in technology (Photo: Business Wire)

The report, “Resetting Tech Culture,” analyzed the journey for women in technology from college to mid-career. While there are many reasons women abandon a career in technology, the highest percentage of respondents — 37% — cite company culture as the leading cause.

The research shows that if every company

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