You can read all about it HERE, and it’s as awesome as it looks and sounds.
From the article:
This is so important because this will give girls a HUGE confidence boost. Girls should feel empowered to create and engineer and problem solve. I am in a class split into two sections of eighty people with SEVEN females and SEVENTY THREE males. We need more girls in this profession PLEASE learn how to code even if it’s something as simple as html you can only grow from there. Tech jobs are in such high demand and honestly, being a female is an advantage because there aren’t many in the field.
that being said, don’t do programming if you don’t actually like it. definitely give it a shot, but don’t feel pressured to pursue it simply to improve gender ratios. do anything because you genuinely love it, and don’t let people tell you that you can’t do something because you’re a woman.
this is coming from an animation and game design student who tried getting into programming and ended up hating it. animation is more my speed. and there’s nothing wrong with not wanting to actually pursue stem if you’re a woman. however, i do think women deserve to be as encouraged to purse stem as men are.
on that note, females in the game design industry. we need those, too! don’t let gamergate scare you off. game design’s interesting, and if you want to work in the industry, make it happen. don’t let your gender stop you.
sorry if i went off on a tangent there, but this topic hits home for me in a lot of different ways.
The previous comment is really important. In my opinion, this is the wrong way to handle this situation. By doing this, you’re selecting and denying people who want to learn about programming based off of arbitrary gender (rather than accepting them as individuals) just to fill roles. Companies like google are trying to make coding look like a “girl thing” rather than removing the masculine stigma associated with computer science.
tl;dr google is saying is “Girls can code, too” instead of saying “Coding is a pretty cool thing which anyone can do.”