Kai Morton, Charmienne Butterfield, & Kimora Oliver

Black Girls CodeOakland, CAStory & Photos by Lauri Levenfeld

Technology jobs are among the fastest growing in the US, and yet, women still hold less than 30% of all STEM related work. Due to a lack in investment and exposure, girls are being left behind especially at the critical ages of 13-17 when their confidence and enthusiasm for science and computing decline. Now more than ever, we need to impact the pipeline and show girls that science can be cool and that the girls who code are also cheerleaders, models, artists, dancers, and more. Because of our innate ability to problem solve, be compassionate and think larger picture, girls are paving a new way with the support and sponsorship of programs like Black Girls Code. And for girls like Kimora Oliver, Charmienne Butterfield and Kai Morton, coding has opened doors they never imagined could be true, and in return, these girls are showing others that diversity and femininity are clear ways to ROCK Β the technology world.

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