Can we close “the digital divide”?

I was surprised to learn that in America, black women make up less than 3% of the computing workforce.

Today at Ever Widening Circles, we introduce you to an amazing thought leader who is focusing her passion on changing all of that!

Kimberly Bryant, an IT professional with a vision of possibility, grew up in the inner city of Memphis. As a child of the 1960s and says revolution was running through her veins as early as she can remember. Fortunately, she thought following her passions was worth fighting for and now she is fighting for the potential of thousands of young girls whose lives she will change.

Personally, given my recent EWC adventure into the digital world, I think teaching ALL kids in the world to code is important. In the future, all over our planet, computing jobs will be everywhere – in the millions and millions. Somehow though, projections say we are only producing enough students to fill 40% of them!

I have a feeling that in the next decade, knowing how to use the internet, without knowing how to code, will be like being able to listen but not speak.

Kimberly is laying the groundwork for more of those positions to be held by girls of color in America. But if you know someone in the wider world teaching kids to code, let us hear about it here at Ever Widening Circles. You can help us write another story on this topic.

Take a few minutes to hear Kimberly’s incredible story, as told on the TEDx stage.

It all comes down to personal stories folks… girl by girl, this is still hope and potential blown wide open.

Lovely to learn about this! If you’d like to know more, check out their website at BlackGirlsCode.org and remember that you can volunteer in your area, start your own project at the local Boys and Girls Club, or an after-school project! Kim would probably tell you that you can start anywhere with the urge to share tech knowledge. If you are a “tech person” and can help a kid start on that path, you will – unquestionably – be changing a life forever.

Our shared future will be woven with technology in every field in existence.

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~ Dr. Lynda

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Notes:

  1. Bryant, Kimberley. “Black Girls Code | Kimberly Bryant | TEDxKC.”YouTube. TEDx Talks, 5 Oct. 2013. Web. 1 July 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ-m47CxAI0>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world.