After having my daughter I decided to take a more active role in the promotion of women and girls in technology, it’s a subject really close to my heart. So last year I joined Ladies of Code Manchester and ran my first solo event a few weeks ago, which was a screening of CodeGirl here at the Co-op. Mike Bracken talks more about the event in his blog post.
The reason for choosing to screen the film stems from a personal experience. When I was 15 my school entered a national engineering competition. I was the only girl on the team and it made me feel special – I loved what we were doing….and we got into the finals in London. It was all very exciting – until I walked into the room with the other finalists and it hit me – I was the only girl in the room. There were about 60 people and I went from feeling special to feeling very self-conscious. I stopped enjoying myself and wanted the day to end – quickly. That moment was the first of a few steps that led me away from a career in engineering.
As part of International Women’s Day I’ve made a pledge to help women and girls achieve their ambitions – I don’t want any other girl to have their confidence dented because they were “the only girl in the room”.
I’m really happy to say that since the event we’ve had requests to screen the film to girls in schools in Leeds, Manchester and Leigh. Also a 15 year old girl who is learning to code has asked to come to Co-op Digital for work experience in the summer.
If you want to make your own Pledge for Parity just click the link.
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