To celebrate International Women’s Day, Apple will highlight stories of female developers, artist, musicians, photographers and entrepreneurs throughout the month of March.
Every day the Apple App store will feature in it’s App of the Day an app founded, developed or led by a woman. Apple Music will also feature women musicians with curated playlists.
Apple also announced a new partnership with Girls Who Code to expand learning opportunities for young women. Apple stated in a press release that as part of its community education initiative, Apple is partnering with Girls Who Code to support new coding opportunities for girls and young women in the US. Using the Everyone Can Code Curriculum, 90,000 girls and Girls Who Code Club facilitators in all 50 states can learn to use Swift, Apple’s easy to learn a programming language that hundreds of thousands of apps are built with.
“Swift training will also be provided for club leaders to help expand the number and reach of coding clubs. Apple supports educational opportunities for students of all ages and backgrounds, and advocates for girls’ right to access the same learning opportunities as their male counterparts through its Developer Academies, Everyone Can Code curriculum and work with the Malala Fund and National Center for Women and Information Technology,” the release stated.
“Women have earned the opportunity to have our ideas shape the future,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. “We’re excited to support Girls Who Code as they empower girls to be the developers and tech innovators of tomorrow.”
In select Apple stores worldwide, visitors can participate in sessions titled “Made By Women” series to learn about different aspects of creation from coding to music.
Sessions will include an App Lab at Apple Causeway Bay with Hillary Yip, a 14-year-old founder and CEO of a language exchange platform, who will lead a session on developing and pitching ideas to build the ideal social platform. Visitors can also attend an Art Lab at Apple Michigan Avenue with Emily Grasile, the Chicago Field Museum’s chief curiosity correspondent, who will teach participants to incorporate small specimens from the Field Museum’s collection into vast landscapes using the Procreate app on iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.
Sessions with creators will be held in select stores in Singapore, Kyoto, Hong Kong, Los Angeles.