“Don’t wait around for a mentor to find you”: Interview with the CEO of Code First Girls, Anna Brailsford
It comes as little surprise that the tech sector is dominated by men. In a 2019 study exploring diversity, the percentage of women in the core-STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) workforce remained at just 24%. While the number marks an improvement on previous years, it highlights that there’s still a long way to go in improving tech’s stark gender divide – but one organization is striving to change that.
Founded in 2012, Code First Girls aims to diversify the tech scene by providing women with coding courses, career development events, and helping companies develop more women-friendly recruitment and retention policies. In 2020 alone, they even reached the impressive milestone of teaching 20,000 women how to code.
We sat down with Anna Brailsford, CEO of the multi-award winning social enterprise, to learn more about the success of the programmes, how men can support their women colleagues, and what’s next for the Code First Girls.