From a Publishers Weekly article by Andrew Albanese:
In a powerful opening keynote at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Reshma Saujani, founder of the national nonprofit Girls Who Code, told librarians that getting young girls interested in technology is the key to better future—and she urged them to help her change a culture that is pushing girls away from coding, and computers.
“Today, less than 18% of computer science graduates are women, and the number of women in our technology workforce is actually declining,” Saujani observed. “That’s crazy. At a time when we are relying on American women to take care of their families, to pay the mortgage, to put food on the table, to make sure their children get a great education, we are missing out on women.”
She closed with a plea to librarians—please help. “At a time with a feels like our schools and libraries are under attack, we need to make sure that we stand up and fight. I want you to help start a club every single one of your libraries,” she said. “I’m only standing here because a librarian saw something in me, and I’m asking you—I’m enlisting you to help solve this problem.
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Reshma Saujani Discusses Bravery, Librarian Impact