Is ‘Pink It, Shrink It’ Really the Answer?
Aspiration was the second thing. The typical male ‘techie’ stereotype can turn many girls off coding. We need more female role models to inspire young girls. It can often feel daunting being the only female at a male dominated hackathon or local code club. Giustina Mizzoni from the Coder Dojo Foundation emphasised the importance of having female volunteers leading sessions. “We’ve found that Dojos with female volunteer mentors not only attract, but retain higher percentages of young girls; these mentors give young girls the opportunity to view computer science as a viable career option for them.’