“Disney opened the door to so many opportunities for our girls,” says Girls Who Code VP of Marketing and Communications Kelly Parisi. “You can’t be what you can’t see, and Disney did a phenomenal job showing our girls incredible role models and experiences. From bringing in fantastic speakers, running a panel with women in tech, to showing the girls the technology behind the magic at Disneyland, they gave our girls a glimpse of so many potential futures.”
When most Americans think about our veterans on Veterans Day — and all too infrequently in between — they often think of acts of valor as fixed in an earlier era. But the story of our country’s female veterans, pressed into service at a trying time, can tell us a lot about challenges we face today, as can the contributions of those civilian women, like Caracristi, who played a critical role in the wartime military effort.
“I wanted to learn concrete skills so that I could contribute to the organizations doing important work that I care about,” Margolis says. Another bonus? Software engineering fed her interest in solving puzzles and capacity to think logically and creatively. “It’s satisfying to write a few lines of code and immediately see what you built right there,” she says.