Unless we take action, the percentage of women in the United States computing workforce will shrink in the next 10 years. This skills shortage has severe implications for America’s place in the global economy, and for the future of women.
That’s why we are working with Girls Who Code to help close the gender gap in technology by equipping young women with computing and professional skills. 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.
Accenture’s investment in Girls Who Code reflects our belief that attracting, retaining and advancing women is critical to being a high-performance business. In fact, we have approximately 170,000 women at Accenture—more than 40 percent of our global workforce.
To date, our partnership has led to:
girls gaining technology skills
girls participating in our Summer Immersion Programs
hours volunteered by Accenture people
After completing Girls Who Code’s Summer Immersion program, Amaryah added Advanced Placement Computer Science and Calculus to her high school schedule. She now plans to study software or chemical engineering in college, and is hosting a Girls Who Code Club at her school.
Aviva was always interested in computer science but intimidated to pursue coding in the male-dominated technology field. Through Girls Who Code, she met girls just as driven her and as a University of Chicago student is finding coding relevant to many different fields of study.
Watch our Summer Immersion Program participants talk about what drives their interest in technology and fuels their hopes for the future.
Our Girls Who Code graduates are using technology to change the world. Check out The Girls Who Code Project Gallery to see their work in action.
“Current workforce projections are troubling and demand a new strategy to encourage more girls to pursue technology careers. We must inspire girls at every stage to believe that they can create the next big thing and help change the world in the process.”
Paul Daugherty, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer - Accenture
“Every day at Accenture, we provide our more than 150,000 women the tools and resources they need to develop their careers and be successful. By bringing these capabilities to Girls Who Code, we hope to inspire and guide more young women to become technology leaders.”
Ellyn Shook, Chief Leadership & Human Resources Officer - Accenture
”Dramatically increasing the number of women in computing is critical to closing the computer science skills gap facing every business in today’s digital economy. Without action, we threaten US innovation and competitiveness.”
Julie Sweet, Chief Executive Officer, North America - Accenture
“Technology makes bold ideas a reality. We need to empower girls with a passion for changing the world. Pursuing a career in technology can help them do just that - the future is counting on them.”
Shelly Swanback, Group Operating Officer - Accenture Digital
“We have a tremendous opportunity and a great responsibility to raise a new generation of women in technology who think creatively, push the envelope and aren’t afraid to take risks.”
Tricia Barlow, Director - Accenture Technology
"We’re at the confluence of two historic moments: Unparalleled access to STEM education and multiple successful women role models who show women are and can be successful in technology."
Sunny Webb, Senior Principal - Accenture Technology
“Despite unprecedented attention and momentum behind the push for universal computer science education, the gender gap in computing is getting worse. We need to invest in programs and curriculum designed specifically for girls.”
Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO - Girls Who Code
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