How nonprofits are transforming their remote programming to support girls in STEM
The pandemic has necessitated virtual transitions for not only schools, but also nonprofits that provide alternate ways to learn and build community. Girls Who Code, AnitaB.org, and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) are still working to close the gender gap in technology. In providing resources for women and girls in STEM, they have faced challenges and successes when shifting their in-person programming fully online.
Their targeted moves to invest in research, social networks, education strategies, and the long-term futures of students have allowed them to rapidly adapt to the pandemic’s changes and meet the needs of tens of thousands of girls, especially those who are from underrepresented groups and facing extraordinary pandemic-related challenges.
Each organization found a way to research its own community and target programming accordingly. Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani said in an interview with VentureBeat that once the pandemic forced schools to close in the spring, “We knew we had to pivot quickly and serve [these students] with equity and accessibility in mind.”