Hacking for Women- Scholarship Fund
And for many women looking to make an entrance in the world of software development it may seem like a daunting path filled with many challenges.
With all the negative press about misogyny, sexism and gender discrimination I've realized that we need to utilize the innovative spirit of the world of technology to solve this problem. And we are the solution.
I'm a 24 year old female from a low-income background making the career change and by my 25th birthday I will be a software developer. And I want to fix the girl-to-dave ratio by donating 10% of my first year's salary to help fund tuition for a coding intensive program for another woman like me. The catch? She will be required to do the same. And so on and so forth.
And I need your help.
Fund me so I can fund it forward and together we can change the industry one woman at a time.
Have you ever had the feeling that you were supposed to be doing something? Not like you forgot to pick up the kids from school... some entirely different purpose for your life, but you just didn't know what it was yet?
I spent the last 10 years feeling like that. I'd ask strangers what they wanted to be when they grew up, what their hopes and dreams were, hoping that one day among a sea of other people's passions I would find mine.
The first program I ever wrote changed me. Something clicked and suddenly a world of opportunity I had never even considered opened up. I stopped asking other people what I should do with my life and started teaching myself coding.
My mother taught me from a young age that if I wanted something enough there would be a way to make it happen. Being from a large low-income family, getting what I wanted did not come often and certainly not without serious effort. I made college a reality for me despite having no way to pay for it because I wanted it so badly. I worked part time in high-school to pay for applications and sometimes two or three jobs during school to support myself and my ex-boyfriend. On my graduation day I finally silenced all those nagging voices telling me I couldn't do it.
It's a beautiful thing to find where you belong and I know there's a way to make this journey a possibility for me. Without a savings, a cosigner or credit, a lack of available scholarship and government aid, I still know what my mom taught me so long ago is still true. There's got to be a way.
Next time you're in line to get that grande pumpkin-spiced latte consider saving yourself those calories and donating to make someone's dream come true. Skipping your first cup of coffee could change not only my life, but together we can pave the way for others to find their passion.
With your help, I'll be able to launch Project Women in Tech (W.i.T.)- a fund-it-forward scholarship program to enable those who identify as women to be the solution to the gender gap in technology.
I've been so moved by all my wonderful supporters during this journey and I can't wait to help other women actualize their dreams with your help.
I'll be posting more information as the story develops so if you'd like to see the work in progress along the way feel free to check out my website www.codeshannon.com
Also exciting, I learned how to accept bitcoin for donations as well! Hackbright, here I come!