We create the space and give the access to the learning for the girls. Knowledge is power and I think this is a really empowering thing for these young women.
“We create the space and give the access to the learning for the girls, but knowledge is power and I think this is a really empowering thing for these young women,” said Kloss, describing how formative the teenage years are for young women, who often self-select out of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics during those years. “We are trying to keep that window open,” she said. Her other goal is to show young women that coding can have “so many creative applications,” she said, using fashion as an example. “There are so many ways that technology can create more efficiency in our industry.”
Kode with Klossy has grown in more ways than Kloss says she ever anticipated. “It’s amazing to see the impact that we’ve been able to have on the girls who have been in our camps and in our communities,” said Kloss. “They change the way that they think about themselves and [what they think] they are capable of…. That confidence factor is key.”
It’s not just about empowerment for Kloss, however. She says companies that make an effort to hire more female engineers will benefit. “Our brains are just wired differently, we problem solve differently,” she said. “And ultimately, that’s what code is: it’s creative problem-solving. Having more women and girls in the conversation, at the table when you are building algorithms, when you are problem-solving — we are going to come up with a different way to get to the answer.”