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Girls Who Code starts Douglas County chapter

Girls Who Code (website screen shot via https://girlswhocode.com/)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Girls Who Code Club is adding a new chapter in Douglas County.

Sponsored by a partnership with the Southern Oregon Workforce Investment Board and Roseburg Salsa Company, LLC., the Roseburg Girls Who Code Club will begin September 28 with a meeting from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at 719 SE Jackson.

Organizers ask those interested to email gwc@sowib.org for more information on how to register.

"The Girls Who Code was founded with a single mission: to close the gender gap in technology," organizers said in a news release.

According to founder Reshma Saujuani, “When girls learn to code, they become change agents in their communities. Whether it’s a game to illustrate the experience of an undocumented immigrant or a website to provide free college prep, our girls create technology that makes the world a better place.”

Th organization added this additional info in their news release:

• Tech jobs are among the fastest growing in the country, yet girls are being left behind. While interest in computer science ebbs over time, the biggest drop off happens between the ages of 13-17.

• The gender gap in computing has actually been getting worse since the 1980s. In 1984 37% of computer science graduates were women. Now that number is 18%

• By 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs available in computing related fields. US graduates are on track to fill 29% of those jobs. Women are on track to fill just 3%.

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