While most future jobs require high levels of digital literacy, only 1:10 graduates from IT degrees are women (Zagami et al, 2016). There is also significant gender disparity at technology companies.
Key players in the technology industry, such as Google, aim to inspire girls and women in technological pursuits, with the hope that they can contribute more to, and have a greater voice in, the field of technology. These companies believe that increased exposure to technological activities directed specifically towards girls at school will help increase confidence and interest in the area.
As a way of supporting and encouraging 'girls in tech', this ESA guide has been developed to provide resources, readings, competitions and programs specifically about promoting technology education for girls.
Zagami, J, Boden, M, Keane, T, Moreton, B & Schulz, K (2016). Female participation in school computing: reversing the trend. Sydney: Digital Careers).
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Robogals is an international, not-for-profit, student-run organisation that aims to increase female participation in engineering, science and technology through fun and educational initiatives aimed at girls in primary and secondary schools. The site contains helpful background and research on girls' participation in STEM.
In the article, each of the ten tips is accompanied by links to suggested resources to support and encourage girls' interest in computing.
In this commercial video, teenage girls talk about the power and agency they feel when they learn to code.
This 2015 report from the Australian Industry Group notes that STEM skills are essential 'for the future economic and social well-being of Australia'. An estimated 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations require STEM skills and knowledge. The report places Australia's progress within an international context and explores the participation of women and girls in this area.
This report explores some strategies aimed at raising participation of girls in computer science education and makes recommendations about future initiatives.
How to teach it
This site offers a range of suitable programs and sites to support girls in computing.
PC4G is an annual one-day event to introduce girls in Year 10 to computer programming.