With Canada’s new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, comes a promised 88 female MPs and a revived focus on gender parity. Michael notes that IT can be a great future equalizer. He also includes a very insightful video from Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls who Code.
If you have girls in your life, this is a very worthwhile read (and watch). Enjoy! –Britt, SPN
– by Michael Clouser
Sooke, BC, 23 October 2015 – With massive future demand for technology workers and the corresponding high salaries associated with these positions, software engineering and development represent the great opportunity to bring greater equality to the sexes. However, the number of women in these positions, and seeking education in computer science including software development, continues to decrease.
One lady Reshma Saujani, and immigrant from Uganda, has set forth to change the world and empower women.
From Cornell University, watch Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani Seeks to Empower Women in Tech
Reshma believes that through learning to code, women can not only rise in economic status, but also strive towards positions that are more equal, and well paid, just like men. Women of all economic classes and backgrounds have an opportunity to succeed not only as programmers, but even of future technology entrepreneurs.
Our Situation in British Columbia
Unfortunately, there are not required coding classes, and very little, if any, computer science being taught in our school systems and SD62. Yet information technology skills, including software programming, are in great shortage across BC. These jobs, while very high paying, simply are tough to fill. One look at the local Viatech job board will provide insight into this fact. And the situation is 10X worse in Vancouver, with very high paying jobs going unfilled, and good computer programmers going south to such markets as Silicon Valley, Seattle, Portland, and Austin for even higher pay for the same work.
Unfortunately, in BC, it seems that learning software development and coding is seen as only an entitlement for the wealthy and well-to-do. Sure, you can learn software development in school — if you go to St. Michael’s. But not in the public school systems.
Information technology skills are essential to teach our youth, especially if we want to move Canada to a more evolved economy, away from the resource-based economy and into the knowledge-based economy. Any segment for potential innovation — from healthcare to clean energy — intersects information technology and needs those skilled in computer programming, software architecture, networking, and electrical engineering amongst others. Any green—, let’s move away from oil— industrial strategy is going to need lots of coders; and any society that is striving to get closer to the ideal of gender equality, including equal pay, is going to have to find a way to teach and motivated girls to code.
- Girls Who Code
- Ladies Learning Code (Canada)
- Ladies Learning Code – Victoria BC Chapter
- Cornell Chronicle: @Girls Who Code CEO Seeks to Empower Women in Tech”
- Viatech job board