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Doja Cat Teams Up With Girls Who Code To Create The First-Ever Codable Music Video

Through her latest music video, Doja Cat is introducing young girls to the limitless career possibilities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The superstar teamed up with Girls Who Code to release DojaCode, an interactive experience for her latest music video for “Woman,” according to a press release. As the track’s title aligns with the collaboration, DojaCode is an opportunity for a new generation of girls across the globe to get into coding. “I am so excited that Girls Who Code has partnered with me to make my ‘Woman’ music video the world’s first codable music video,” Doja Cat shared in a statement. “Fans all over the world will get to input code via a microsite and unlock some really cool special features. It’s going to be awesome.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Girls Who Code (@girlswhocode)  

Ngozi Nwanji

Dec 6, 2021

Social Game Developer Zynga Donates $100K to Girls Who Code to Help Build the Next Generation of Women in STEAM

In honor of International Women’s Day 2021, Zynga is donating $100,000 to support Girls Who Code. Founded in 2007, Zynga is the developer of social games. According to a press release, the $100,000 comes from the company’s $25 million Social Impact Fund, a fund Zynga launched last summer to invest in educational and charitable causes focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit that supports young girls from third grade and beyond that are interested in pursing careers in technology, specifically in computer science. Nearly 50 percent of the girls that the nonprofit services are Black, Latinx or from low income communities. Girls Who Code will use the $100,000 donation to expand its free clubs and alumni programs  and connect young girls to mentors with the support of the Women at Zynga group. “Through their virtual workshops, school clubs, mentorship programs, networking and more, we are hoping to build the next generation of women in STEAM to...

Michelai Graham

Mar 9, 2021

Incoming CEO Dr. Tarika Barrett is 'Thrilled' to Lead Girls Who Code Into a New Era

In a press release announcement that dropped today, it was revealed that Entain — the largest global sports betting and gaming entertainment operator — celebrated International Women’s Day by making a six-figure donation to Girls Who Code. Entain’s donation falls in line with the organization’s mission to bridge the gap for women in technology. With outreach efforts in the United States, Canada, the UK, and India, Girls Who Code offers free — yet invaluable — tools to girls, and young women, who are entering the Brave New World of technology in the 21st century and beyond. And that, said Dr. Tarika Barrett, is the point. “I’m absolutely thrilled to be the new CEO of Girls Who Code, and I have to say it’s been quite the journey to get here,” the current Girls Who Code COO told AfroTech exclusively. “But, the way I see it, my work isn’t just about giving the girls the education they need to get out there into the world. Certainly, that’s a big part of the job. But an even bigger part...

How Figures Like Katherine Johnson Paved the Way For the Next Generation of Black Women in STEM

“I care a lot about preparing things for the future, but at the same time I honor those who’ve come before me and recognize the sacrifices that they made.” KaYesu Machayo, 21, didn’t necessarily set out to pursue a career in STEM, but attributes her interest in the field to those who paved the way like Katherine Johnson — the hidden figure responsible for not only putting an astronaut into orbit around Earth, but helping to put a man on the moon too. Machayo is a daughter of the generation that Johnson made leaps for. As a Girls Who Code, alum, Machayo has an interest in using technology not only for social good, but to also close the gender gap and create things that make the world a more equitable place. Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology by using their programs to educate, equip and inspire girls like Machayo with the computing skills they’ll need to pursue 21st-century opportunities. These are the opportunities that...

Shanique Yates

Feb 12, 2021