Rapper YG Just Made A Huge Donation To Help Young Women Pursue Careers In STEM

"I want to make sure I’m doing my part."

Rapper YG knows how important it is to empower young women who are interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.) That's why the Compton-born artist, whose real name is Keegon Jackson, recently donated $150,000 to the startup Girl Code LA.

"Gender bias plays a role in the amount of exposure students receive in regards to technology and coding," YG told Billboard in a statement about his donation. "This leads to influence future decisions within their field, creating smaller opportunities for diversity. With my donation, I hope they'll be able to expand their reach of future female coders and programmers. I want to make sure I'm doing my part, I got a daughter and I respect the G Code."

The rapper, who just released his latest album Stay Dangerous, also attended a mentoring session and gave out Beats by Dre headphones. According to the Girl Code LA Instagram, the purpose of the session was to "discuss the importance of exploring non-traditional career paths."

News One reports that the organization was founded by entrepreneur Dez White, who also started the emoji company GlamRoks. According to its website, "Girl Code LA is aimed to develop and continue to expose young women to computer science, business, and software engineering."

Girl Code LA hosts seminars, coding programs, and summer retreats, and seeks to inspire young women regardless of their socioeconomic background. Thanks to YG's donation, the organization is halfway to its $300,000 goal for the 2018-2019 school year. 

It's true that women in STEM fields continue to face challenges. Earlier this year, a study found that half of women in STEM had experienced gender discrimination at work — with even higher numbers among women working in computer jobs. 

Another study, from Microsoft, found that over 75 percent of girls who take part in STEM activities outside of the classroom felt a sense of empowerment. Organizations such as Girl Code LA, as well as Girls Who Code and others, are working to foster that feeling and close the gender gap in these fields.

You can learn more about Girl Code LA on its website and GoFundMe page. One donor to the organization already wrote that YG's generosity inspired their own contribution. 

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