a tech orientation program designed for women with kids

2015 Google Impact Challenge | Bay Area Finalist


MotherCoders is a non-profit that helps women with kids on-ramp to careers in technology.

We offer a tech orientation program that provides on-site childcare for mothers who want to learn basic coding, gain a deeper understanding of the technology landscape, and network with peers and industry professionals. In doing so, we're working to expand the tech talent pool by activating women who can help drive economic growth and innovation.


Create a more inclusive economy by on-ramping women with kids to careers in technology.


Technology Skills + Industry Knowledge + Peer & Professional Support + On-site Childcare

Our goal is not to make software programmers. (There are plenty of good folks working hard on that already.) Rather, we offer a technology orientation program that enables women to gain enough knowledge and confidence to take the next step toward technical careers.

Whether it’s going back school to earn a degree or certificate, diving deeper into a specific programming language through bootcamps, workshops, or online classes, seeking an apprenticeship for further skill development, or starting a new business, MotherCoders helps women with kids get on a career development track that leads to opportunities in the new economy -- ones that build on their skills and talents, passions and experiences.

Why focus on women with kids?

Mothers face unique challenges in the new economy

As software eats the world, the demand for technology skills will continue to grow. Yet many women with kids who want to gain the technical skills necessary to thrive in the new economy find it difficult to do so due to childcare, work, or financial constraints.

That's why MotherCoders designed a tech orientation program that directly addresses these challenges. In addition to a curriculum that emphasizes basic coding and web design, along with industry knowledge building and peer and professional networking, we offer our students on-site childcare and Saturday classes.

Women with kids represent an enormous talent pool

Let's face it: many women currently have or will have children in their lifetime.

Over 80% of American women will be moms by the time they reach age 40-44. And as of 2009, 32.5 million mothers under age 44 are currently raising children. (U.S. Census)

Moreover, many women with children are college graduates with valuable work experience who merely need to update their technical skills to compete in today's economy.

Twenty-seven percent of women under age 44 have a bachelor's degree or more. (U.S. Census)

Sixty-six percent of moms under age 44 are already participating in the labor force.

MotherCoders is working to on-ramp more women with children to careers in technology because we believe the strength and vibrancy of our economy -- and thereby, our communities -- can be greater if we got more mothers with digital skills actively contributing to it.

Mothers can help fuel innovation

Women today have more earning and spending power, accounting for $7 trillion in consumer and business spending in the U.S. and making or influencing 85% of all purchasing decisions.

Mothers alone represent $2.4 trillion of the market. And with many of them already online and using technology, their participation in driving innovation can result in better products and services for everyone.

That's why the MotherCoders curriculum includes training in design thinking, as well as an overview of major trends and issues affecting the marketplace. In addition, students get to learn directly from female founders and technologists working at the front lines of technological innovation.

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