Our Vision: Gender Equality

Creating economic opportunity is one of the most effective ways to catalyze social change, and focusing on moms is a smart bet because women reinvest 90% of their income back into their families and communities.

In building a new economy with greater gender equality, we envision a future where moms are strengthening communities by creating businesses and thriving in jobs with livable wages and career advancement opportunities.

Where moms are diversifying the marketplace by contributing to the design and development of new products and services for a digital age.

Where moms are inspiring our children to engage with technology in a way that leads to intergenerational economic mobility and future innovations.

Our Mission: Help Moms Break Into Tech

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, 9-week technology training program, which includes on-site childcare, as well as community events and workshops, we provide women with kids the opportunity to build the skills, knowledge, and professional network needed to move into our economy's fastest-growing employment sector. 

With 86% of American women becoming mothers by age 44, moms represent a diverse population spanning across races and ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, physical abilities, and more. Additionally, with 82% of mothers now holding bachelors degrees, today's moms are as educated as they are numerous.

In other words, we've got your diversity right here.


Why Moms

The U.S. has a large and growing tech skills gap.

By 2020 there will be 1.4 million unfilled tech jobs in the U.S. that require computing skills. Yet educated women with work experience who can fill these jobs often can’t access tech training programs due to childcare, work, or financial constraints. For many women, even those capable of overcoming these barriers, it’s difficult 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.


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%.

Millennial women today represent our country's largest and most educated and diverse generation yet, and over 16 million of them are already moms.  Over the next decade, over a million more each year will join their ranks.  The time to act is now.


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.

Tina's story

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.

Photo by Kien Lam

Photo by Kien Lam