1. QueenB takes a byte out of gender gap to promote diversity in tech

    QueenB takes a byte out of gender gap to promote diversity in tech

    As Israel faces a shortage of some 10,000 engineers and programmers in the coming decade, three Jerusalem-area students in the tech field noticed an even bigger scarcity in their classrooms and workplaces: women. “We’re frustrated that not enough girls are involved in the computer science field,” said Noga Mann, a Hebrew University student and a co-founder of QueenB. Yasmin Dunsky and Neta Moses, and later, Mann, wanted to address the gender disparity as early as possible. They created QueenB, a mentorship and training program for girls of middle-school age, to support their interest in computer science and instill ...

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    1. We're frustrated that not enough girls are involved in the computer science field.
    2. They think that computer science is not for them; they think it's only for geniuses or it's very boring.
    3. I'm the only girl studying electrical engineering in my year.
    4. They can work by themselves after three months, and none of them knew how to program before.
    5. It was really important for us to be really interesting and creative.
    6. The leaders are very nice, they explain everything really well. And I think it's a good program because it's very good for girls. There are lots of girls from all the sciences and computer science.
    7. Long term, it would be really cool if we got a community of high-tech women, even 5 or 10 years in the future.
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