Although young people have traditionally been at the forefront of change surrounding digital and media technologies, young women are often left behind. According to the American Association of University Women, women account for only 20 percent of information technology professionals in this country. Additionally, girls and women are often categorized as using computer technology only to socialize or for fun and, when in those spaces, are frequently told they are at risk.
The Girlhood Remixed Technology Camp (GRTC) works to overcome the gender, economic, and cultural digital divides that negatively—and disproportionately— impact many of the Las Cruces, NM, area’s students, especially young women grades 6-8.
GRTC offers girls experience with digital design and digital equipment of various kinds, and it allows girls to spend time on a university campus where they will work closely with faculty and graduate students in a safe and mentoring space. Through GRTC, girls in the Las Cruces area will have the opportunity to explore digital media to generate full, mature, thoughtful, and confident expressions of identity. Most importantly, the camp is intended to peak girls' interest and confidence in digital texts and spaces at this critical age and to allow them to explore the ways they define themselves in and through digital environments.
Therefore, two of the main goals of the camp are to
introduce girls to different types of technology, including both high- and low-tech platforms
empower girls with the tools and language necessary to challenge media portrayals and construct their own online identities.