Monday, July 17, 2017

More Women Are Choosing To Code, But Is Silicon Valley Ready For Them? - YOUTH RADIO

Originally published: July 13, 2017

Camila Miner is learning computer programming for the first time, and she’s doing it totally surrounded by women.

Miner is part of a 22-woman cohort at Hackbright Academy, an all-female coding boot camp in San Francisco, where classroom walls are covered in cheerful Post-It notes with handwritten affirmations like “You’re amazing.” There’s a framed poster from Hidden Figures, the movie about the female African-American mathematicians who helped NASA win the space race. The vibe is overwhelmingly supportive. Some students are even high-fiving each other as teams of two work through the day’s assignment.

Miner considered going to college after emigrating from Brazil but instead opted for boot camp at Hackbright, paying $16,500 for a 12-week course she hopes will result in an entry-level tech job. In fact, she thinks that being a woman might give her a leg up in job interviews with tech companies trying to fix gender imbalance among their ranks.