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Cracking the Code - Laura Willson talks about Media Portrayals of Women in STEM



4 Jan 2015


3 minute read

I had the honor and privilege of hearing Elizabeth Henstridge, Carrie Kemper, Aisha Tyler, and David Bushman speak about the lack of women in technology in The Paley Center for Media in the event called Cracking the Code: Media Portrayals of Women in STEM. I found it both inspiring and encouraging to hear celebrities speak about their personal experiences. One important piece of advice that I took from the event was that you don’t have to be a genius to know how to code, all you need is the passion and drive.


The moderator of the talk, Reshma Saujani, the CEO and Founder of the Girls Who Code Program, spoke about her experiences with technology and how important it is for young girls to be exposed to computer science. She is also very inspiring because her creation of the GWC Program has given so many high school girls, including myself, exposure to coding and an interest to pursue a major in computer science. I am grateful to have been part of the GWC 2013 Summer Immersion Program because I would not have known about computer science otherwise. 

It's best to expose girls to computer science and technology at a young age. Another topic that was mentioned during the event was that at a young age boys are given gadgets as toys and girls don't want to touch a piece of technology because it is seen as something nerdy. There is a stereotype that a computer scientist is a man who sits in the dark typing zeroes and ones into the computer. These stereotypes should be addressed because they are not true and is a main reason girls are not interested in technology, specifically computer science. 


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