The gender gap in computing is widening.
And this skills shortage can have severe implications on the global economy—and for the future of women.
Through our Girls Who Code partnership, we are helping to close the gender gap in tech—and our joint research Cracking the Gender Code identified three key actions that can triple the number of women in computing by 2025.
How we’re taking action
As part of our commitment to gender equality in the workplace, Accenture has teamed up with Girls Who Code to help close the gender gap in technology by equipping young women with computing and professional skills.
Our people have contributed thousands of volunteer hours to Girls Who Code. Accenture hosts Summer Immersion Programs and year-round Girls Who Code Clubs across the United States, offering skills training and exposure to real-world mentorship opportunities in technology.
And during the 2018 Grace Hopper Celebration, the world’s largest gathering of women technologists, we collaborated with Girls Who Code for an event to promote careers for women in the technology space.
Closing the gender gap
We’re dedicated to making an impact.
Since our partnership with Girls Who Code began in 2015, we’ve reached thousands of girls through our program, equipping hundreds with computer science skills. And we also offer employment opportunities for these women, from summer analysts and Skills to Succeed interns to full-time analysts.
Hilary Shea is a new technology analyst in the Accenture Technology group, helping manage client delivery and operations. But before becoming a teaching assistant for the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program, she hadn’t even considered taking computer science classes, much less pursuing a career in the field.
“I began my first computer science course in college not knowing what ‘coding’ meant and was only in the course because of a math professor’s encouragement. Girls Who Code provides the opportunity for girls to learn more about a field that I didn’t see as an option for myself in high school—and I now cannot envision my life without it,” Hilary said.
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