06/01/19
Brice Bunner
Technology

These teen girls single-handedly tackle homelessness with STEM

    

Image ©: DIY GirlsIt is always great to see when human compassion drives innovation. Too often we hear stories of the opposite being true, but in LA, the DIY Girls club has been challenging stigmas in more ways than one. Not just with homelessness, but with gender as well; traditionally, STEM has been a predominately male pursuit. So, a few years ago, when 12 girls chose to address homelessness with their technology project, it made headlines.

Young women are the future

As we progress to a more interconnected world, the truth about gender is finally coming to light—which means women everywhere are realizing they are strong. As a woman-owned company, Sage celebrates this change by encouraging women in the workplace to progress unhindered through our company.

But more than anecdotal, this reality has an immediate environmental impact. We can see this as Project Drawdown ranks educating women #6 out of 80 ways to significantly reduce global warming. As it turns out, giving women the same opportunities as men have had historically, is a sustainable thing.

What we gain with women in STEM

These girls in LA are proving that women have the chops to make it in the technology industry. And more than that, they remind us how one-sided our progress has been to this point. We can catch glimpses of the power women bring to technology throughout history, but imagine what infusing the tech industry with even more women could do for progress!

Using tech to answer the more fundamental concerns of our society is ultimately more sustainable than making faster processors or face-recognition algorithms. And while current technology aims to perfect these bells and whistles, a few teenagers are making products to improve the situation of the homeless. I believe this is a perfect illustration of the influence women can bring to Silicon Valley, which seems to have lost sight of its original mission.

This is not a gender war

The problem with making statements like “women have strength” is that lines get drawn. But that’s not what this is. Women have always had strength, and typically, society pushes that aside without a thought. What I think the DIY Girls group does is to show the rest of us that it doesn’t have to be a battle.

Two of anything brings balance—that is a universal truth. Making ways for women to gain equitable entry into the technology conversation will only improve the output, it shouldn’t raise alarm. And Sage stands as a testament to how much adding women to every level of management can improve things company-wide. Indeed, we look forward to big things from DIY Girls everywhere and applaud any STEM program that opens the way for women to get involved.  

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