Microsoft recently opened its Chevy Chase office to nearly 60 young women for its 10th annual DigiGirlz Day. Over the course of the day, girls from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area immersed themselves in the latest innovations in technology.
With DigiGirlz Day, Microsoft hopes to significantly increase the number of young women involved in technology-focused careers, and to set an example for other corporations who are interested in pursuing avenues of inclusion in the workplace. DigiGirlz Day’s purpose is to dispel myths of what it means to have a career in the high-tech industry and give girls a chance to experience firsthand what it is like to develop cutting-edge technology.
“I’ve always been interested in technology, because ever since I could remember, I’ve been using computers for various purposes,” said Tori McCaffrey, a senior from Potomac School.
Throughout the day, the girls participated in a number of activities, heard from Microsoft executives and had a chance to interact with the latest Microsoft technology. The highlight of the day was a keynote speech from Representative Donna Edwards, who encouraged the girls to pursue their passions and to always keep up with the ever-evolving trends in technology.
“We want to make sure that you have the necessary tools to succeed and be successful as technology continues to evolve,” said Rep. Edwards. “Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. Stand up and be recognized among your peers.”