Technology Women's Empowerment

Girls Can’t Code Because, You Know, Boobs (And Other Myths) – Why can’t girls code? Oh, you know: Boobs. Menstruation. Being beautiful. They all get in the way.

“I’ve tried to get into coding but my cleavage is just so distracting,” quipped one young woman in this provocative YouTube video.

“When I’m not menstruating, I’m ovulating, so there’s no time to code at all,” lamented another.

If this all sounds entirely ludicrous, it’s supposed to.

Girls Who Code, a nonprofit dedicated to bridging the gender gap in tech, created this satirical clip to feature in a three-part series that explores the ridiculous gender stereotypes that exist in the world of computer science.

“We wanted to try something different and use humor and satire to question the stereotypes that tell our girls that coding is not for them,” said Reshma Saujani, the organization’s founder and CEO, in a statement. “Our hope is these videos will spark a much-needed conversation about the messages we send our young women and what we can do to create a more inclusive, well-rounded image of a programmer.”

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