Since the mid-1980s, the percentage of female computer science majors has been extremely low. Wanting to change this, Ruthe Farmer worked with the Girls Scouts of USA to find ways to encourage more girls to pursue STEM education and careers. She not only established a national Lego Robotics program for Girl Scouts but was also on the founding team for GirlFEST, a one-day resource expo celebrating “everything cool about being a girl.”
In 2014, the Anita Borg Institute awarded Ruthe the Social Impact ABIE Award for her dedication to promoting diversity in the STEM fields. Two years later, she accepted the position of Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she continued to advocate for diversity. Learn more about Ruthe’s career and what she plans to do next to support women in technology.