Female Avatars Are Often Designed by Men, for Men. That's Changing

Girls Who Code Girls is giving virtual characters real-world makeovers

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The video game industry is dominated by men, which means that games tend to have fewer female characters and the ones that do exist are often highly sexualized. International nonprofit Girls Who Code is looking to close that gap by launching Girls Who Code Girls, a mobile and desktop experience that allows users to program their own avatars.

“By turning users into creators, we’re empowering our community to use coding to upend the status quo and imagine a future where they can harness their passion and creativity into a career in tech,” Girls Who Code CEO Tarika Barrett said in a statement.

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