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Closing the gender gap: Ada Developers Academy helps women learn programming skills for free

Not long ago, Davida Marion was managing an ice cream shop, Ellen Wondra-Lindley was answering phone calls on a customer service hotline, and Elizabeth Uselton was tallying employee payroll for a catering company.

Today, however, all three women are being paid handsomely to write code for fast-growing Seattle startups. This remarkable turnaround was made possible by a local organization that’s turning first-time female programmers into kickass software developers — and perhaps more importantly, giving them an opportunity to begin new careers in a technology industry lacking a sufficient female presence.

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