General Motors has just announced a partnership with Girls Who Code to encourage young women to pursue degrees and careers in STEM subjects. GM will be offering a $250,000 to help fund after school STEM programs in schools, colleges, and community centers. Mary Barra, General Motors CEO, is intent on inspiring and increasing female leaders of the future. She believes that becoming an engineer paved the way for her career, which is why she is so passionate about promoting STEM education for youth around the world.
At the grant launch, GM’s top female leaders will be in attendance to offer any advice and answer any questions about life in the tech world. GM and Girls Who Code’s partnership stemmed from the ever decreasing percentage of women in STEM-related jobs, despite a growth in the field. Only 24% of tech workers are comprised of women, decreasing by 13% in the past twenty years. Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani feels that because of the percentage drop of women in tech it has “never been a more urgent time to help our girls succeed in tech and engineering.” Free activity and mentorship sessions will also be offered to young women in impoverished communities to help instill an early passion for STEM. We at Sparkfactor.org are very excited about this partnership as we understand the importance of increasing diversity in the tech sector!