Code Scouts encourage women computer programmers

Code Scouts encourage women computer programmers

Portland support and social group Code Scouts helps women who want to break into computer programming.

Currently, only 18% of computer science degrees go to women.

Though attitudes have changed, many women have already missed the opportunity to join the tech workforce. They might have pursued a computer sciences degree a decade ago if the industry had been more welcoming, but now that times have changed, these women are long past the typical career entry points of college and internships.

While a huge push is being made to encourage young girls to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers, grown women have been left out.

Funded by an $18,000 grant from the Portland Incubator Experiment, Code Scouts provides a place for women to network and learn, without the intimidation of being the only girl in the room.