Girls are being left out of New York City schools' high-tech revolution

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Girls are being left out of the high-tech revolution taking place in city schools, just as women in the U.S. workforce are missing out on technology jobs.

Only about one in four students in many of the public schools’ top tech programs is a girl, a statistic that mirrors women’s participation in tech jobs nationwide.

City educators are trying to introduce more girls to STEM — science, technology, engineering and math programs — but many say there’s more to it than just getting the word out.

“The gender gap is becoming an economic crisis, but its cause is cultural,” said Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, a city nonprofit that uses internships to introduce girls to computer science.

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