Made with Code is Google’s effort to get girls and women more interested in coding through programming tutorials and mentoring. Now Made with Code is collaborating with Pixar to offer a tutorial based on the popular movie “Inside Out.” Read More
We’re just finding out about the games and apps that the teenagers who attended the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program are creating. They’re pretty magnificent. The Washington Post’s Faiz Siddiqui reported on the final showcase of the event. Read More
Pew Research just released the findings of a new research project. Researchers surveyed teens ages 13–17 nationally this fall and spring, along with some in-person focus groups conducted earlier in the year. Read More
Rosalind Wiseman, probably best known for the book that inspired “Mean Girls,” also happens to be a dedicated teacher and activist. Wiseman talked about a recent study she and a team of researchers did with Charlie Hall at Polygon earlier this week. The original survey was fairly small, but it found some interesting results. A thousand teenagers were surveyed, and it turns out that girls want to play as female characters. We already figured that, but the interesting part was that only 39% of boys preferred to play as male characters, compared to the 60% of girls that preferred to play as female characters. It’s a statistically relevant finding. Girls evidently care more about playing as women than boys do about playing as men.
In the past couple of months, the video game industry has been a hostile environment for women. Those who criticize the medium for its flaws and injustices, such as feminist vlogger Anita Sarkeesian, have been intensely harassed and threatened simply for having an opinion. Women working in the industry have not been exempt from the deluge of abuse either. Indie developer Zoe Quinn, for instance, has been on the receiving end of vicious online attacks after her ex-boyfriend posted a verbose blog entry in which he accused Quinn of garnering press for her game Depression Quest by having a relationship with a journalist. Read More