At the opening of today's Computer Education Week, the topic was women in coding. In the USA UU., Only 18 percent of university graduates in computer science are women. That's why technology leaders like Microsoft's Peggy Johnson, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and YouTube's Susan Wojcicki took the stage at San Mateo College to discuss the importance of involving young women in technology.
Wojcicki described how it was presented to computers. Luckily. As a student of history and literature at the university, Wojcicki decided to take a computer clbad in his senior year.
"It was amazing to me that this clbad really changed my life," Wojcicki said. But it was by chance that she took that clbad, she said.
"In today's world, where technology is changing everything we do, it's not a matter of luck," Wojcicki said.
Later in the morning, Sandberg observed how there is unequal access in the field of information technology. He referred to the statistic that only 15 percent of people who specialize in computer science are Black or Latino.
"We also have to think about not only including the usual suspects in this field, but also in this field," Sandberg said. "What we need is equal access to education in computer science."
Previously, Code.org announced $ 12 million in new funds to help improve access to education in computer science. Several states, school districts and organizations also announced new pledges and funds to increase IT education initiatives.
Those who made the pledge include Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who made a $ 15 million investment to increase opportunities for middle and high school students and California Deputy Governor Gavin Newsom, who launched an informatics campaign to California to bring CS education to all students in California by the year 2025.
"The fundamental thing about being a technologist is that we believe that the future will be better than the past," Sandberg said. "It's not perfect, it's not that technology is going to solve all the problems, it's not that technology does not cause some of the problems," but the belief that technology can lift people out of poverty and bring people closer together. .
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