Microsoft€s DigiGirlz Day Introduces Girls to the Latest in Technology
WI Staff Writer | 3/31/2010, 1:01 p.m.
Rep. Donna Edward Gives Keynote, Encourages Girls to Keep up with Trends
Microsoft Corp. opened its Chevy Chase, Md., office to a group of high school students eager to learn about cutting-edge technology and career tracks during the company€s annual DigiGirlz Day, Thu., March 18.
The program, a one-day event held at multiple locations worldwide, is designed to provide girls with a better understanding of what a career in technology entails.
€I€ve always been interested in technology, because ever since I could remember, I€ve been using computers for various purposes,€ said Tori McCaffrey, a senior who attends Potomac School in Potomac, Md.
€I know that whenever Microsoft puts out a product, it€s going to be both trendy and useful,€ she said.
Microsoft hopes to significantly increase the number of young women involved in technology-focused careers and to set an example for other corporations who are interested in pursuing avenues of inclusion in the workplace.
Nearly 60 girls from the Washington metropolitan area immersed themselves in the latest innovations in technology throughout the day.
DigiGirlz Day aims to dispel myths about careers in the high-tech industry. The program affords girls an opportunity to meet one-on-one with senior level Microsoft executives, participate in workshops, produce product demonstrations and shadow employees with similar interests.
However, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) turned out to be the highlight of the day. Edwards, the keynote speaker for the event, encouraged them to pursue their passions and to always keep up with the ever-evolving trends in technology.
€We want to make sure that you have the necessary tools to succeed and be successful as technology continues to evolve,€ Edwards said.
€Don€t let anyone tell you that you can€t do it. Stand up and be recognized among your peers,€ she said.
Microsoft started DigiGirlz in 2000. Since then, approximately 10,000 young women from across the country have benefitted from the program.
Through DigiGirlz, Microsoft intends to show that they are ushering in a new generation of innovative female leaders and helping girls change their future through the use of technology. WI