These Girls Perfectly Explain Why Women Make Terrible Coders
Guys, let's be real, girls are just terrible at everything, am I right???
I mean, we are high-strung, emotional loose cannons ready to just weep at a moment's notice. There's no way we can handle hard tasks like going to space, run massively successful companies, coach professional men's sports or change the world.
Oh, and don't even get me started on how terrible women are in technology.
All right, clearly from all the hyperlinks you can see I am obviously joking, but perhaps through humor, the message will become clear: Women are amazing at everything, so long as they are given the chance to be.
Science and tech have always been notoriously hard fields for women to break into. And it's not like women haven't been right alongside men in the annals of tech history, believe me they have; it's that for some reason, men just have a really difficult time believing that the people who gave birth to them can also do other stuff.
In fact, it's become harder and harder to be a woman in technology. According to a 2015 study by the American Association of University Women, a nonprofit that promotes gender equality, a mere 26 percent of computing jobs in the US were held by women in 2013. Sure, that seems OK, but it's not when you consider that's actually down from 1990 statistics, when women held more than 30 percent of those same jobs.
As The Huffington Post points out, it may be partially due to new-age media being old-school biased toward men. At Facebook, only 15 percent of tech jobs are filled by women. At Twitter, a paltry 10 percent of tech jobs are also held by women.
So what can be done? We can all have a good, hearty laugh at ourselves and change things, that's what. Leading the charge is Girls Who Code, an organization dedicated to inspiring, educating and equipping "girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities."
One way they are doing that is by shattering stereotypes with a new, hysterically on point video showcasing all the insane reasons people think women should stay away from becoming coders.
As one girl quips,
When I'm not menstruating, I'm ovulating, so there's no time to code.
Sing it sister. Another adds,
It's hard to code when you can't stop crying.
Of the videos, Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, said in a press release,
There are already a ton of inspirational videos about why girls should code. We wanted to try something different... Our hope is these videos will spark a much-needed conversation about the messages we send our young women, and what we can do to create a more inclusive, well-rounded image of a programmer.
Check out the hilarious video above and support the mission by giving girls a chance. Check out Girls Who Code here.