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Girl Scouts, video games, and women in IT history April 25, 2013

Posted by Jane Fritz in Uncategorized.

It seems that we can’t complain that people everywhere aren’t trying different ways to encourage more girls to think IT. But we’re still waiting to reap the rewards.

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‘Women in IT’ is back in the news.  Girl Scouts in Los Angeles can now work towards a new merit badge in video game development.  They’re the first Girl Scout (Guide) chapter to introduce this, developed in conjunction with WIGI (Women in Games International), and they’re hoping that the enthusiasm will spread.  WIGI’s goal is to get young girls interested in technology and science and spread the word that girls too can have a future in video games – along with all other tech fields.  Another organization that works hard to show girls that technology is just as much fun for them as for boys is Girls Who Code.  Last fall Girls Who Code ran an 8-week program in which participating girls got the amazing chance to demonstrate their apps at the New York Stock Exchange in Manhattan, and share what they had learned and accomplished.  What an experience.

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