Who is Kimberly Bryant?
February 28, 2017
Kimberly Bryant, the founder of Black Girls Code, impacted many young women of color with her program. Black Girls Code’s mission is to train one million girls of color to code from the ages 7 to 17 by the year 2040.
Bryant believes that the lack of black women in STEM fields is not due to a lack of interest, but difficulty in accessing these fields.
Bryant’s daughter, Kia, is one of the main reasons that Black Girls Code exists today. At a computer summer camp, the instructors focused more on the boys than they did the girls. Kia also noticed that she was the only black girl there.
Due to Kia’s situation, Bryant decided to start up Black Girls Code so that young black girls like Kia could learn more about coding and computers without feeling left out.
Not only did Bryant’s daughter feel isolated, but she herself did as well. As a college freshman Bryant’s excitement to learn about coding was through the roof, but as the days went on, Bryant felt culturally isolated.
Black Girls Code is helping fight systematic racism that is implemented into our nation. Bryant is fighting against the bias that is preventing increased diversity in the technology industry.