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The project is an initiative of Inspiring Fifty, a non-profit that aims to increase diversity in tech by making role models more visible.
Technology means possibilities, innovation and creativity. However, a lot of young girls have a totally different view of tech. They see tech as one-note — something to be done alone in a basement, not as something creative that can be used across various fields. That is why we want to create a role model for them, one they can relate to and who can bring the possibilities of tech to life and make it relevant for them. Early in life, girls are making important decisions about their education and by not choosing STEM subjects they will impact their
Inspiring the next generation of women in tech future without realizing it. It limits their individual potential and the choices and opportunities they will have later in life. They deserve all the opportunities and should know there are no limitations to their dreams.
A recent study underlines the need for initiatives such as this one. Girls lose interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) at a very young age, and both female role models and the need to provide girls with the opportunity to express their creativity through hands-on experiences are seen as crucial to change this. We need this change for the girls themselves, but also for an economy that cannot afford to forget these girls. Around 90% of jobs are estimated to need at least some level of digital skills and we are already facing a big shortage of skilled people to fill all jobs in technology. A shortage that will only increase.
The book’s Dutch edition under the name Project Prep was launched with the support of Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, where it is a best-seller. Project Prep has become a movement in its home country and now aims to do the same in other countries to inspire and empower girls to work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
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The opportunity to discover the endless possibilities of technology should be equal to everybody. Regardless of your background you should be able to find out what technology could mean for you. If you want to use it to conquer the world with a company, build solutions to solve the biggest problems in the world, express you creativity, communicate or anything else you can dream of. To make sure everybody gets that opportunity we are distributing The New Girl Code for free to girls who don’t have access to books.
We need your help to reach as many girls as possible. Do you want to support young girls and allow them to discover the magic of technology? Allow them to learn more about entrepreneurship? Inspire them to think big? Please click on donate now, your support could change their life!*
Do you have an organisation that works with girls in the age group 9-15 in South Africa, United States, Netherlands, United Kingdom or Sweden and you would love to give them The New Girl Code? Please reach out to us. firstname.lastname@example.org