UTC + Girls Who Code: Closing the gender gap in tech

Only one in five bachelor’s degrees in computer science are awarded to women. Yet, two-thirds of elementary and middle school girls are interested in STEM. So, what happens to all that aspiration? At United Technologies, we think we know why, and we believe that we can do something about it.

Our strong commitment to Paradigm for Parity is one way UTC is leading by example. At the same time, if we are to achieve gender parity in technical roles, the data shows that we must invest early in the education of young girls to inspire and sustain their interest in STEM fields. That’s where Girls Who Code comes in.

Girls Who Code is a nonprofit organization that has reached over 90,000 girls in the U.S. with its free after-school coding clubs. Girls as young as 3rd grade learn not only coding skills, but also confidence, comradery, and leadership while meeting women and men making a difference in technology careers. UTC is helping Girls Who Code expand their mission and programs in the U.S. and around the world.

United Technologies announced its partnership at the first Women in Digital Summit at the Brooklyn Digital Accelerator. The event was attended by more than 150 employees and live streamed across the world.

Want to get involved with Girls Who Code?

  • Start a club at a local school, library or community center by speaking to an educator at the school, an administrator at a library, or staff at a non-profit. An adult associated with a non-profit is the only person who can start a club.

  • Facilitate the club. Once a club is formed, someone will need to lead the group of eager students, and after a quick application and background check that could be you!

Please click here to join a webinar and learn more about the Clubs program, and how to start a Club in the community.

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