Dear Friends. Posted on February 19, 1017 was a blog on Girl Scout Cookies: the history, profits for the girl scouts, the joy of selling, etc.
But now a DARK SIDE has to come to light.
Why Girl Scouts Need Badges for Cybersecurity
Over the last few decades, the number of women in computing has dwindled.
But the Girl Scouts are working against that culture by offering new badges for cybersecurity.
Starting in 2018, girls can earn badges to show that they’ve mastered skills like coding, data privacy and ethical hacking.
According to Cybersecurity Ventures, the world will be short 3.5 million cybersecurity experts by 2021. The Girl Scouts aim to help eliminate that deficit, as well as advance gender equity in STEM.
And the sexism in tech is undeniable.
The Girl Scouts won’t overcome this discrimination alone, but at least they’re doing their part to reach girls at a key age.
According to Accenture and Girls Who Code research, girls’ interest in coding peaks in middle school. Thinking that coding is “for girls” and having an inspiring teacher — especially a woman — are key.
“I think for girls, you cannot be what you cannot see,” CEO and founder of Girls Who Code Reshma Saujani tells U.S. News & World Report. “And so when they have positive role models teaching them computer science, talking about the pioneers of computer science..the impossible seems possible, and they then can imagine a place in that field for themselves.”
Teaching girls about cybersecurity has other benefits, too. After all, these lessons prepare them for today’s world.