The Maker Movement refers to the recent wave of tech-inspired, do-it-yourself (DIY) innovation sweeping the globe. Participants in this movement, known as makers, take advantage of cheap, powerful, easy-to-use tools, as well as easier access to knowledge, capital, and markets to create new physical objects. This revolutionary change in how hardware is innovated and manufactured has great potential to change the future of computing, particularly for girls and women, a group traditionally underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.
Enabling girls and women—who represent half of the world’s population—to fully participate in the maker movement has important economic benefits. Participation in maker and STEM activities can help females develop skills and improve their earning potential. As a result, the STEM talent pool expands, fueling competition and innovation, and ultimately strengthening the global economy.
This report examines how participation in maker activities can help girls and women develop skills and provide a bridge to potential careers in computer science and engineering. It examines the nature and drivers of female involvement in the maker movement and considers how that involvement can be increased.