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COMPUGIRLS: How Girls of Color Find and Define Themselves in the Digital Age
University of Illinois Press, 2021
eISBN: 978-0-252-05302-3 | Paper: 978-0-252-08613-7 | Cloth: 978-0-252-04408-3
Library of Congress Classification LB1028.3.S3788 2021
Dewey Decimal Classification 370.117
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ABOUT THIS BOOK
What does is it mean for girls of color to become techno-social change agents--individuals who fuse technological savvy with a deep understanding of society in order to analyze and confront inequality?
Kimberly A. Scott explores this question and others as she details the National Science Foundation-funded enrichment project COMPUGIRLS. This groundbreaking initiative teaches tech skills to adolescent girls of color but, as importantly, offers a setting that emphasizes empowerment, community advancement, and self-discovery. Scott draws on her experience as an architect of COMPUGIRLS to detail the difficulties of translating participants' lives into a digital context while tracing how the program evolved. The dramatic stories of the participants show them blending newly developed technical and communication skills in ways designed to spark effective action and bring about important change.
A compelling merger of theory and storytelling, COMPUGIRLS provides a much-needed roadmap for understanding how girls of color can find and define their selves in today's digital age.
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