Girls Who Code helps teenage girls, computer programming industry

WASHINGTON D.C. – For the last seven weeks, the work week has been filled with busy projects, learning on the fly and producing website work on a deadline.

It’s not exactly what 20 high school girls had in mind to wind down the summer but the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program hosted by AT&T in Washington D.C. and in other locations across the nation has hopefully fulfilled two purposes.

First, students now have an idea of what building a website is all about from generating an idea to building the page line by line through code. Second, mentors hope it will inspire more women to pursue a degree in computer science leading to more programmers in the future.

“This evening it a culmination of all their hard work,” said Dedra Eatmon, a lead educator with Girls Who Code.

Young ladies presented their websites and explained how they developed them just moments before they were handed diplomas for making it through the course.

“We don’t have enough girls in the coding industry and this allows them to experience it in a space that is safe and comfortable for them,” said Eatmon.

“Everything we do now is digital, and AT&T uses coders across the board,” said Eatmon. “It’s very important for AT&T to invest in the future of coding and getting the diversity of thought and the diversity of gender in every aspect of the business.”

Girls Who Code start taking applications for their summer program in February of every year. The program is limited to high school juniors and seniors. For more on the program visit their website, Girls Who Code.