Even though women make up half the labor force, they are vastly outnumbered by men in the field of computer science. \u201cEven in large tech companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook, women make up a frighteningly small amount of the workforce. Women make up 30% of the workforce in Google, just 10% at Twitter, and 15% at Facebook,\u201d said Wilton High School senior Ashley Li. \u201cBy diversifying the tech workforce, new perspectives are brought in, creating new solutions for unknown problems. Girls represent an untapped resource of new innovations, solutions and creations that can change the world.\u201d That\u2019s why, she said, Wilton Library\u2019s new Girls Who Code Club is important. The 13-week club, beginning Sunday, Feb. 21, is designed to inspire, educate and equip girls in grades six through 12 with 21st-Century computing skills. The program is part of the national Girls Who Code Club that offers project-based activities, such as mobile app, game and website creation, in a fun and creative environment. After attending a seven-week summer Girls Who Code workshop in New York City, Ashley approached Wilton Library\u2019s teen services manager, Susan Lauricella, and suggested the library form its own Girls Who Code Club. During the summer workshop, Ashley said, she and about 20 other high school students spent the first five weeks of the workshop \u201clearning various programming languages, such as Python and Java and HTML\/CSS.\u201d During the sixth and seventh weeks, the students worked on final projects, said Ashley, whose team created a website called Paratus Prep (paratusprep.com) \u201cto help high school students through the college process.\u201d \u201cBesides learning about coding, we also went on field trips to various tech offices like AOL, LinkedIn and Microsoft,\u201d she said. Ashley said the Girls Who Code program not only teaches girls how to code but also gives them \u201cthe confidence to believe that they, too, can change the world.\u201d She will assist the program\u2019s instructor, Sapna Dasarath, a software engineer with Norwalk-based global research firm FactSet who has a master's degree in computer science. Lauricella said the club, which is currently full with five sixth graders, one seventh grader, two eighth graders, one ninth grader, one 11th grader and one 12th grader, will give girls \u201can environment that\u2019s very comfortable to learn and explore.\u201d \u201cIf we were to offer just a coding class, it would probably be 90% boys and 10% girls and then they\u2019re not going to speak up as much,\u201d she said. \u201cI think girls in a group with other girls are far more comfortable and willing to explore.\u201d Information: wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-3950.