Changing the STEM Game with Black Girls Code
When the deck was stacked against her, Kimberly Bryant changed the rules of the game.
Research on the dearth of women of color in STEM shows that many women repeatedly face the double burden of racial and gender biases. Rather than be discouraged, Kimberly Bryant decided to innovate. She founded Black Girls Code and made addressing those challenges her niche — and her personal mission.
Since Black Girls Code’s founding, the Bay Area-based organization has grown rapidly and now has an international reach. Part of that success is surely due to Bryant’s approach: As both a role model and an active part of the movement to increase young girls’ exposure to coding, she uses multiple proven methods to encourage girls in STEM. The White House has officially honored Kimberly Bryant as a Champion of Change for the way she has tackled this issue head on.