Elan Morgan is a writer and web designer who works from Elan.Works, a designer and editor at GenderAvenger, and a speaker who has spoken across North America. They believe in and work to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.

International Women's Day and Ladies Learning Code

International Women's Day and Ladies Learning Code

Happy International Women's Day!

It only seems fitting that I spent a day meant to celebrate women at a Ladies Learning Code event here in Regina. You can see me from earlier today in the video below:

As much as using CSS and HTML code is a major part of what I do for a living, I am completely self-taught, and I wanted to take a course to brush up on my skills and see where I'm at. Even though I am fairly proficient, I still picked up a thing or two that made the course more than worth my time, and I am hoping to become a mentor at future Ladies Learning Code events.

Today's Intro to CSS & HTML course was completely beginner- and age-friendly, so if you want to learn code but feel intimidated by the subject matter or the perceived culture of tech, don't be. That's what Ladies Learning Code is here to change, and they create a safe, fun space to help even the earliest beginners.

I remember the early magic of learning that I could make whole new things exist with a few keystrokes, and it was wonderful to watch that same excitement on my fellow participants' faces, many of whom had never coded anything before. By the end of the day, every one of us had designed a pretty decent webpage from the ground up that rivals 90% of the personal sites out there.

If you've thought about trying your hand at code, Ladies Learning Code is for you. They are a Toronto-based "…women-run not-for-profit group working to empower everyone to feel comfortable learning beginner-friendly technical skills in a social, collaborative way," and they deliver on that promise. Check out their event listings to see if they are hosting an event in your area, because coding, and the amazing work it can allow you to do, is for everyone.

Now I'm all inspired and have to go dive into some website work of my own. *rubs hands together devilishly*


PS. This post is not sponsored. I am just a true fan who wants to spread the joy of coding around and inspire more women to move into tech. 

(title photo credit: Jon Lim)

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