Girls Who Code, the national non-profit working to close the gender gap in technology, today released a series of videos satirizing stereotypes about why women are underrepresented in computer science. The videos present absurd theories for why girls “can’t” code, pointing to ridiculous reasons such as “they have boobs,” “they menstruate,” and “they’re beautiful.” With their funny and provocative tone, the videos are designed to spark conversation about unconscious bias and reclaim stereotypes related to gender and appearance that have been used to exclude women from traditionally male-dominated fields like technology.
By the time they reach college, women make up fewer than 1 in 5 computer science graduates. The gender gap in technology starts in adolescence, when teenage girls rank computing and engineering as some of the least interesting professions. Several studies cite negative stereotypes and media portrayals of coders as nerdy and male as top reasons why young women lose interest. Read more here