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Helping Girls of Color Smash the Digital Divide

The gap between innovators and consumers is the new digital divide. Black Girls CODE


As a daughter of the tumultuous 1960s, I thought revolutionaries were the men and women I saw on my television screen who marched and protested for equality. I remember immaculately dressed college students carrying signs exuding dignity, large Afros and extended fists, and their constant reassurance that "black is beautiful." It was a time of radical change, which altered the course of my history and shaped my belief in civic action as a catalyst for social progress. Little did I know growing up back then in the midst of those movements that I would one day be at the forefront of revolution during a new era of fundamental growth and sweeping change in our society.

What does this revolution look like? In April 2011, I founded Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization with a mission to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17-years-old to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. Black Girls CODE was then and still remains the only program of its type targeting African American, Latina, and Native American girls in cities nationwide with training in mobile app development, game, and web design.

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