Fall of 2018 will bring to the Girl Scouts something that has never been seen before: the possibility to earn badges in cybersecurity.
The Scouts will be adding 18 new badges to their collection, allowing girls to learn data privacy, protection from cyberbullying, and online defense. All of these badges will be available to Scouts ages K-12, while the older Scouts will be given the option to learn coding, ethical hacking, and creating/working around firewalls.
Rather than learning how to cook or sew, this next generation of girls will be given more of a level playing field with boys when it comes to pursuing education and/or careers in the maths and sciences. Since Silicon Valley is basically all male, this is a great opportunity to diversify the field.
This decision is based on research. The CEO of the Girl Scouts surveyed members and found that most girls had a desire to learn more about computer science.
I'm upset this wasn't an option when I was younger. I was a Girl Scout for a few months before I quit because I was so bored. The most useful thing I learned in there was how to antagonize the troop leaders until they were literally red in the face and shaking with rage.
What are your thoughts on this? Personally I think this is an amazing opportunity to close the gender gap and break the glass ceiling, something that's been talked about for years but NEVER really acted on. It's 2017 and we're still moving glacially slow when it comes to gender equality, and that's not okay.
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