Next Gen 2019: Lilia Becker
Founder, Code with Lilia
Thanks to a STEM focus at the Shipley School, Lilia Becker developed an early love of coding, taking an additional youth-focused course at Villanova University in middle school. “I began to realize that women were very underrepresented—that there was a lack of women in general in the STEM field,” says Becker, a junior who lives in Villanova.
To remedy that, Becker launched Code With Lilia. The website offers resources for those interested in coding. The hope is that by encouraging young girls to be involved with STEM programs, they’ll go on to careers in the field and maybe even help close the gender pay gap.
Becker also volunteers with Tech Girlz, a nonprofit with a similar aim, teaching occasional courses and working with students. She’s also a board member of the National Girls Collaborative Project. For the 2018-19 academic year, she’s on the Youth Advisory Board for the Harvard Graduate School of Education. “My goal is less to teach girls how to code than it is to teach them that they can code,” she says.