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Submission + - Girls and coding: female peer pressure scares them off (

cypherdtraitor writes: "For three years we have run a big coding event across the UK called Young Rewired State . We invite people aged 18 and under to get together at a variety of centres local to them, and build something using open government data. [...] In our first year, 2009, 50 young people took part; this time we are expecting 500. At the festival the one question I am asked regularly is: "Where are the girls?"[...]The answer is this: a maximum of 5% at the festival each year are girls. You may not have seen them all on stage, since some are uncomfortable with public speaking – especially if there is a risk that they'll be "outed" as a geek.[...]These are my conclusions: [...]"

-Emma Mulqueeny is the co-founder of Rewired State

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Girls and coding: female peer pressure scares them off

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