Is coding the new keyboarding?

July 29, 2019 | GET MORE : Future of Banking

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Tarika Barrett and Sophia Moracco from Girls Who Code join the latest episode of the U.S. Bank Podcast.

Computer science is one of the fastest-growing and highest-paying sectors of the U.S. economy. As a result, many K-12 programs are starting to incorporate coding into their curriculum, much like how keyboarding classes were introduced to past generations.

Something else, however, is growing alongside jobs – a gender gap. According to nonprofit Girls Who Code, today fewer than one in five computer science graduates are women. And as a result, women make up a smaller proportion (24%) of computer scientists now than two decades ago (37%). 

In the latest episode of the U.S. Bank Podcast, Girls Who Code executive Tarika Barrett spoke about the historical causes behind the trend and the work that her organization is doing to reverse it. And illustrating that work, Barrett was joined on the episode by 13-year-old Girls Who Code club member Sophia Moracco.

The episode is part of the second season of the U.S. Bank Podcast, which focuses on how the fast pace of innovation in society today is changing the skills needed to succeed in the economy tomorrow.

The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.