MotherCoders is expanding the tech talent pool by activating women with college degrees and work experience who are ready to contribute -- mothers. Through our part-time technology training program, which includes on-site childcare, we provide moms the opportunity to build the skills, knowledge, and professional network needed to move into our economy's fastest-growing industry -- technology.
We envision a future where moms are diversifying the marketplace by contributing to the design and development of technology products and services. Where moms are strengthening communities by creating businesses and thriving in jobs with livable wages and career advancement potential. Where moms are inspiring our children to engage with technology in a way that leads to intergenerational economic mobility and future innovations.
Our economy has a skills gap
By 2020 there will be 1.4 million tech jobs in the U.S. -- 70% of which will be unfilled. Yet many women with kids who want to acquire these skills can’t access existing training programs due to childcare, work, or financial constraints. And even if they are able to overcome these barriers, it’s often very difficult for moms at the beginning of their journey to know where to focus their efforts, given tech’s fast-changing landscape and its vast array of roles and programming languages, tools, and frameworks. Through our tech training program, MotherCoders is closing our nation’s technology skills gap by activating college-educated women with work experience who are ready to contribute.
Moms are an under-utilized talent pool
We squander precious human capital when we sideline moms, many of whom have college degrees and work experience and merely need to update their technical skill-set to participate in the innovation economy. According to McKinsey & Company, achieving gender parity in workforce participation between men and women will increase U.S. GDP by 10%.With 81% of American women become mothers by age 44, moms represent a diverse population that spans across geographic locations and religions, races and ethnicities, socio-economic and educational backgrounds, sexual orientations, and physical abilities. Today, more than 16 million Millennial women in the U.S. are already moms -- our most educated generation yet, and more than a million women will join their ranks over the next decade.
Moms are an economic force
Women drive 85% of business and consumer purchasing, with $2.1 trillion of spending attributable to moms alone. Yet, women hold only 25% of computer-related roles. Bringing more moms into tech will increase diversity of perspective needed to create new products and markets. Moreover, women invest 90% of their income back into their families and communities, so creating economic opportunity for them is one of the most effective ways of affecting positive social change that yields broad social, political, and economic benefits for everyone, well into the next generation.
MotherCoders, a 2015 Google Impact Challenge | Bay Area finalist, was founded in 2013 by Tina Lee, a working mom. Unable to find a resource that worked well for her when she wanted to get more proficient in computer programming, Tina launched MotherCoders because she had a hunch there might be other moms like her out there, yearning for a learning experience that involved lots of social interaction and support from like-minded peers.