Beginning Code Resources for Women

Update 3/7/20: Added Oregon State’s Online Bachelor’s in Computer Science

Update 5/22/17: Added Techbridge girls in the list of other resources

In more than 20 years in technology, I’ve met plenty of great women developers. And yet, men outnumber women in tech by a large margin. Major tech companies are being challenged to increase diversity and inclusiveness. Learning coding is a big opportunity for people of all types. With the help of a female friend, I’ve compiled a list of some opportunities that might appeal to you.

Women Code

In Person Coding Bootcamp Scholarships

Coding bootcamps are very popular these days. Chances are, there’s one near you. The idea of joining a group can be intimidating. Here’s a few that make a special appeal to women.


Codeup is a startup I’ve supported when I lived in San Antonio and worked out of Geekdom. This is the first bootcamp I learned about which makes a special appeal to get women involved in tech. They offer scholarships for women to take their 4 month, full stack development course in San Antonio.

Ada Developers Academy

I’ve recently moved to the Seattle area and heard about a local program specifically developed for women called the Ada Developers Academy. Ada Lovelace has been called by many, the first programmer and is the inspiration for the name. Not only is the tuition free, but they also offer paid internships.

Online Bootcamps

Online bootcamps can be less intimidating and more approachable. Many allow working at your own pace, giving the option for a learner who wants a flexible schedule.


Skillcrush has a female founder and first lead instructor and has a very empowering message. You can try them out with a 10-day bootcamp and then choose from a number of paid options.

The Odin Project and Viking Code School

The Odin Project is an entirely free, online developer bootcamp which gets rave reviews in developer forums. Along, with it’s paid counterpart, Viking Code School, the comprehensive set of courses cover Ruby and more.


freeCodeCamp is another entirely free, online developer bootcamp. Their full stack developer certificate is 2080 hours! When you finish 1200 hours, you can do a project for a non-profit. Also, very well reviewed in online forums by programmers going through or having finished one of their courses.

Other Resources

There are so many great resources for learning coding and for women in technology. Here’s just a few more resources that can help you get started:

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