Natasha Ravinand is the founder of “She Dreams in Code,” a nonprofit focused on increasing opportunities for middle school girls to engage in coding. She is also the author of Girls With Dreams: Inspiring Girls to Code and Create in the New Generation. In this book, Ntasha interviews several women in engineering and technology in order to assemble a compendium of inspiration for others like her, who want to engage in technology without the usual and common obstacles.
Here’s two facts you need to know. 1) Only 25% of the adults engaged in science and technology (STEM) are women. 2) This is a HUGE percentage compared to what it was only a few years ago. So, we are in a bad place, but also, we are moving quickly out of that place.
Expect the patriarch to grab the reins. Indeed, it already has, with the marriage of the technology boys club and the MRA movement, not to mention other nefarious groups.
Girls With Dreams: Inspiring Girls to Code and Create in the New Generation is new, self published, inexpensive, and cool. Buy the book.
I promised Women with Cards. This is just a reminder to check out my sister’s project, “The Educational Card Project.” This is physical scientists who are women made into playing cars. A lot of STEM teachers use playing cards in various exercises, or should if they don’t. This allows them to sneak 52 women who have accomplishments in the physical sciences and related fields into the classroom. Check it out here. If you as a person buy a deck of cards (but really, buy two decks!) a portion of the take goes to provide cards for free in classrooms. Also, you can simply donate cash money to the project. So, go do that!