Web design and programming is a fast-moving field but experts are now focusing on why one group of people is not helping shape the future in great enough numbers. There remains a divide in terms of the amount of men coding, and the amount of women. In short, a lack of women in coding and web design is limiting development and diversity, experts say.
Oxford is one of the places in the country where designers and coders are trying to introduce more women and girls to coding. Organisers of workshops and educational resources hope that by building expertise and infrastructure in teaching coding, more women will be able to progress their careers in coding and web design.
New Coding Workshops for Women in Oxford
The latest initiative in Oxford to get more women into coding was the Oxford Django Girls gathering which took place in Summertown, a region in north Oxford. More than 30 women attended the event. Web design Oxford experts say that similar events are planned to take place in the local area, and further afield, to fix the issue of women remaining underrepresented in coding and web design.
Participants at the workshop had varying degrees of experience and were different ages, from different background. They ranged from a 12-year-old girl to older women looking for a career change.
The event was run as part of an international setup, Django Girls, which aims to introduce women to the languages of coding and programming, including Python, a globally-used coding language currently used by Yahoo, Google, YouTube, and Wikipedia. In the event the participants built a blog from scratch.
Why Is It Important to Get More Women Coding?
The area of coding particularly, and to a certain extent web design, is highly male dominated. Traditionally this has been seen as an industry where you need to be male in order to start, and to succeed, in the field. In the past there has been very little to show women and girls that they could make a career out of coding and programming. Events that introduce women to the skills they need for the field, and discuss how to break into a male dominated sphere, are helpful and help boost female numbers in the sector.
For women, it can be a daunting prospect to get started in coding. Events that open up participation and increase skills in a non-competitive and supportive manner are needed in order to redress the balance in coding in Oxford and the UK.
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