Last week, Girls Who Code released a series of videos satirizing reasons why girls can’t be coders. Citing their long eye lashes and periods, the parody videos highlight the stereotypes that women and girls must face and overcome in the tech industry and beyond.
Let’s join the growing chorus of voices speaking out against this type of sexism. Share a comment on Facebook or reply on Twitter and tell us a reason that you or a friend have been told women can’t or shouldn’t do something. Not on Twitter or Facebook? No problem. Reply to this email with your example. We’ll feature select submissions and together challenge the harmful gender stereotypes that limit women and girls.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom & The Representation Project Team
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