MotherCoders is a non-profit social enterprise dedicated to on-ramping women with kids to careers in technology so they can thrive in a digital economy. Through our signature tech orientation program, MotherCoders has helped mothers gain the technical skills, industry knowledge, and peer and professional support they need to confidently advance toward new careers in tech. With a part-time schedule, on-site childcare, and a non-profit model, the MotherCoders tech orientation program is truly one of a kind in the technology training and workforce development landscape.
We just rolled out a scholarship for queer moms to participate in our program for free (normally $3,000 with on-site childcare). This scholarship is something that had already been in the works with Women Catalysts and Lesbians Who Tech prior to the mass shooting in Orlando, FL this past Sunday. However, given what's happened, we feel it's more important than ever that we support the LGBTQ community by helping queer moms and their families.
In addition to a gender wage gap and a motherhood penalty, queer moms also face homophobia and transphobia. We started this scholarship to show our commitment to helping all moms thrive in the new economy, regardless of sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, class, and age so long as they identify as being women in a way that's meaningful to them and are caring for at least 1 child age 17 and under.
Funded by Awesome Without Borders (September 2016)