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Supriya Bhuwalka, the founder of Coding and More, is passionate about teaching AI and coding to students both young kids to adults.
Historically, and unfortunately, the technology industry has been male-dominated for the last couple of decades. In India, around 43% of STEM graduates are women, yet not all women are able to join the workforce, according to Women in STEM report:
“Women make up only 28% of the workforce in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and men vastly outnumber women majoring in most STEM fields in college. The gender gaps are exceptionally high in some of the fastest-growing and highest-paid jobs of the future, like computer science and engineering.”
So how do we boost women’s participation in STEM related workplace?
By encouraging more women to learn coding, technical skills, promote in-career growth programs, and making young women job ready. Sending more women to the workforce is essential for promoting equality and creating a more inclusive environment.
As more and more women are taking the helm of entrepreneurship, EdTech businesses might have the answer for us!
Supriya Bhuwalka, the founder of Coding and More, is passionate about teaching AI to students of all ages, from young kids to adults. Her company not only helps children with AI education but also provides AI courses for adults and tailored training for businesses.
Supriya’s journey as an entrepreneur is an example that it’s never too late to start your own venture. Despite holding an undergraduate degree from the prestigious Wellesley College in the USA and being a part of honour societies like Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Epsilon, she embarked on her entrepreneurial journey later in life as she wanted to create something meaningful.
First, to offer high-quality, personalized AI and coding education to children in an enjoyable way, and second, to empower women.
The primary mission is to improve children’s life skills through AI education. They are strong advocates of AI literacy for all and aim to encourage more girls to explore AI. Supriya believes, AI literacy for all, especially girls, is the best way to breaking barriers set by society.
The coding programs for adults help in upskilling women, allowing them to work from home with flexible hours, so they don’t have to choose between family and career. A key principle for Coding and More is women’s empowerment. All of their educators are women, serving as inspiring figures not just for their students but for young girls but middle-aged women who want to explore technology.
In her own words, “I want to make a difference and break barriers so that women don’t have to make a choice between family and career.”
Supriya wants to challenge the very idea that barriers are external, believing that often, we impose them on ourselves. Their aim is to change what we call as norm. Ed-tech businesses that understand the diverse needs of their users can tailor their products to better serve a broader customer base.
Women coders can play a crucial role in developing and designing educational technology that resonates with female users. Clients appreciate their services because they offer customized content that meets each student’s needs.
One of the proudest moments for Supriya was when their students won AI awards in major international competitions, proving the quality of their programs. Moreover, their women educators who are breaking personal barriers had a positive impact on the organization and students.
But can just women learning to code help to address the gender gap in tech? Is a question various companies and institutions are trying to answer. Women and young girls learning to code not only promotes diversity and equality but also enriches the STEM industry with new talent, perspectives, and innovative ideas.
This, in turn, can lead to the development of more inclusive and effective solutions to the gender-gap.
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