Race and gender bias analyzed at NY coding fest

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 60 girls have been taught the basics of computer coding at a Black Girls Code event at Google Inc.'s Manhattan offices.

The all-day event Saturday enabled the youngsters to learn the building blocks of code. Meanwhile, parents gathered in an adjoining room to discuss how their daughters can break through racial and gender barriers to become successful in a male-dominated profession.

The National Center for Women & Information Technology says black women were only 3 percent of the computer workforce and Latinas 1 percent in 2011. That's the same year that Kimberly Bryant started Black Girls Code in San Francisco to encourage young girls of color to take an interest in technology and computer programming.

The New York chapter has now conducted three workshops for girls.