Barbie has a diverse resume — “she’s been a doctor, a teacher and a chef; she’s raced cars for NASCAR and trained Shamu for Sea World.”
Now, Barbie is computer engineer, but the Computer Engineer Barbie is in the minority. In the real world, women earn only 18% of all computer science degrees, even though they represent more than 50% of the population on U.S. college campuses. And only 10% of American engineers today are women.
As part of its efforts to address this disparity through the DigiGirlz program, Microsoft joined forces with Mattel and the Girl Scouts of Northern California to encourage young girls to explore computer science careers. On Nov’17th, more than 200 Girl Scouts, community leaders, government officials and Microsoft employees came to Microsoft Silicon Valley for the DigiGirlz Summit.