This initiative, “What is Google Girl?” is a global effort by Google to inspire young girls to pursue careers in technology and engineering. In addition to pledging $50 million to nonprofits, Google plans to create a website highlighting the achievements of women in the tech field. It will also include videos and educational materials for girls. Girls will be able to share their work, and learn from other girls’ examples. This initiative is the latest example of Google’s commitment to female empowerment and innovation.
The initiative is aimed at increasing the proportion of women in the STEM field and specifically, in programming. While this goal is laudable, the lack of gender parity in the field must be addressed. Google has been working to change this by promoting the development of programming skills among young girls. To combat the gender imbalance, it is promoting creativity and exposure in the tech field. It has partnered with prominent female actors, such as Mindy Kaling, who recently hosted the program’s New York launch event. Additionally, Chelsea Clinton, the Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, is committed to advancing the full participation of women in STEM fields.