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8 Resources for Women Learning to Code

sarah March 31, 2021 · 4 min read

In today’s tech world, we are still seeing a lot of women shying away from STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) industries. I’m not really sure how or why this happened quite to the degree that it has, but it is slowly beginning to change. As a result of a lack of women in the field, we have seen many apps/websites that are geared toward men. Sure, there are a ton of apps out there for women, but how many of them were actually created by a women with all of their needs in mind. Graphic Designer Angela Cordon said it perfectly, “If there is only one kind of person creating ‘programs/applications,’ then they are only creating for that one kind of person.” This is finally changing and we are starting to see more women who want to create things for themselves. Women are ready to become empowered and begin coding things that matter to them. Meet-ups, dev bootcamps, and other programs have begun to spring up all around that focus entirely on women who want to learn to code.

Here is an amazing list of resources that have popped up that exclusively teach women how to code.

Mother Coders @MotherCoders

Mother Coders is a tech oriented program that provides on-site childcare for moms who want to learn the basics of programming, expand their understanding of the technology landscape, and network with peers, and industry professionals. MotherCoders was founded by Tina Lee, who as a mom herself, understands the challenges moms face when wanting to gain new technical skills. Offering a on-site childcare is an innovative way of helping moms gain access to the technical skills necessary to thrive.

 

Girl Develop It @girldevelopit

Girl Develop It was founded by Sarah Chipps and Vanessa Hurst. Their goal is to empower women to build beautiful web and mobile applications.  It is an “international organization, that exists to provide affordable and accessible programs to women who want to learn software development through mentorship and hands-on instruction”.

 

Hackbright Academy @Hackbright

Hackbright Academy was founded by Christian Fernandez  and David J. Phillips. They offer a 12-week accelerated engineering fellowship program geared specifically toward women. Their goal is to “help women become awesome programmers”.

Ladies Learning Code @llcodedotcom  

Ladies Learning Code is a beginner-friendly, non-profit group based out of Toronto. Founded by Heather Payne, they run workshops for women (and men, and children) who want to learn computer programming in a “social and collaborative way”.

 

Skillcrush @Skillcrush

Adda Birnir started Skillcrush as “an online resource for women looking to learn code and feel comfortable doing it.” She wanted a way to empower women by giving them the tools necessary to build their own website by learning web development. Women tend to be underrepresented in the tech world and wanted a collaborative environment where the students feel comfortable. Skillcrush isn’t just for women, however. Men have routinely enrolled in its classes as well.

 

Pyladies @pyladies

Pyladies is an international mentorship group focusing on helping women become active participants and leaders in the Python community. They often hold a variety of events (including conferences, and meetups) to promote and educate women interested in the Python programming language.

 

Rails Girls @railsgirls

Rails Girls is an international organization aimed at providing a community for women to find the tools needed to build their ideas into reality. They aim to make technology more approachable and teaches fundamentals such as: sketching, prototyping, and basic programming

 

Girls Who Code @GirlsWhoCode

Girls Who Code is a program aimed at educating young girls to have the skills needed to be competitive in the 21st century. They already know that girls who are exposed to computer science at a young age will lead to more women in technology and engineering fields and Girls Who Code has set out to close the gender gap. Their goal? “To provide computer science education and exposure to 1 million young women by 2020”.

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This is such a short list of all of the female-oriented programs out there. What resources do you have in your hometown?

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  • @Derek Stevenson - Who says some ladies don't do both? 1. Kitchen; 2. Design for client; 3. Pinterest; 4. Improvements to CM shop; 5. Lunch; 6. More design for client; 7. Little vacuuming; 8. Work on new products for shop... etc *wink wink* Thanks for the roundup, Sarah! Maybe someday I'll learn to code. 8 years ago
  • @Beth Rufener Sounds like the life of a true graphic design rockstar livin' the american dream. Must be nice! Maybe one day I'll get around to workin on new products for me shop :/ haha 8 years ago
  • Also, check out Code Scouts! http://codescouts.org/ 8 years ago
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    @Kat B Thanks for the tip! I love learning about other resources out there. Please keep them coming! 8 years ago
  • Thank you Sarah! I will take a serious look at all of these sites -- i'm a new mummy & i have dabbled a little in the coding arena. I didn't mind it (to be honest i thought i was too slow mentally to be good enough) and then i found i wasn't slow with it! I'm moving with my family and want to develop my skill set -- i know this is the way forward. All designers need to have a little coding experience and knowledge. Thanks for sharing this it's invaluable information. 8 years ago
  • Great article @Sarah Doczy Technology fields are definitely still unbalanced. I'm excited to see so many great resources are popping up. Girls Who Code looks like a really cool program. It makes me feel good to know there are so many great role models for my little daughter. : ) 8 years ago
  • @Beth Rufener Hehe:)))) Girl Power! @Sarah Doczy Thank you for introducing me to something unexplored, but very exciting !:) 8 years ago
  • I have taken several courses from Women's Coding Collective! They are great. Check them out. https://thewc.co/ 8 years ago
  • Love it!! Thanks for sharing :) 8 years ago
  • Thanks for the post! I am very rusty on coding and will need these links to re-learn. 8 years ago
  • There are a lot of other free resources, see http://webdesignpool.com/learn-programming-online 8 years ago
  • This is such a great resource! Here I also found useful resources where your readers may learn how to code. http://virtualteam.ph/online-resources-where-can-i-learn-to-code/ 7 years ago