Coding academy in New York City makes tuition free for women to address the gender gap in tech which they label a "problem", completely ignoring why said problem exists.
Starting in January of 2016, Grace Hopper Academy (a subsidiary of Full Stack Academy) in New York City is offering free tuition for women in an effort to make tech education "more accessible" for them. The one caveat being they must pay back the tuition once they are employed but that isn't much of a drawback considering they guarantee employment upon completion of the program and a programmers starting salary is ~$80,000.
This implies tech education for women wasn't accessible in the first place. I'm going to go ahead and call bullshit considering I personally know plenty of women (as I'm sure most of you do) who took out a $120,000 loan to get a degree in Lesbian Dance Theory or an equivalent meaningless degree while Grace Hopper Academy's tuition is $15,680. Finances are not the reason women aren't working in or studying tech. I'll get back to that point in a moment.
This gender gap mission infuriates me for a number of reasons. Primarily I'm angered because I am currently studying to be a programmer (not at Grace Hopper) and am paying full tuition, with no discounts at all because I'm white and have a penis, making me ineligible for any scholarships.
The other reason this enrages me and I imagine will enrage you too is because this "mission" of theirs completely ignores why a gender gap in tech exists in the first place. There isn't any amount of initiatives an organization like Grace Hopper Academy can take to change the crux of this "issue". Men will always be a majority in the fields of math, science, technology, etc. because our brains are wired in a way that puts us in the position to excel in these positions. Science has proven this since the beginning of time. Shouldn't the head honchos running a coding academy be smart enough to understand that?
Nope. Let's throw money at the problem. Surely that will make it go away.
This is just another example of how men are held to a higher standard while the bar is lowered for women solely because they are not capable of performing at the same level men do in areas they are not biologically meant to.
Of course pointing this out makes me sexist anywhere else on Reddit but luckily I know the people on TRP can relate.
I wonder if we'll see any Tumblr posts complaining about how unfair and sexist this gender gap mission is. Probably not.
Edit: I wish I caught this earlier but for even more rage, look at this quote from their website I just found: "As an inclusive program looking to break barriers in tech, we define "women" as anyone female identifying -- including transgender, genderqueer, and non-binary."