Tech savvy girls from around the world come to Blacksburg
BLACKSBURG — Sevara Akramkhanova says she wants to break the mold of what a young woman can do.
The 16-year-old is a technology enthusiast, which puts her in the minority in her home country of Uzbekistan — as well as most of the world.
She said the stereotype back home is still for women to look after children, even though she says physical size is one of the few differences between genders.
“But the times when problems were solved by strength were the Stone Age,” Akramkhanova said. “We’re now in the 21st century, so I don’t think there has to be a limitation for people to go to different jobs or do something they like.”
Akramkhanova is one of 62 girls age 15 to 17 selected to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s TechGirls initiative. The program has included a stay at Virginia Tech’s campus in Blacksburg for the past four years.
To learn more about this program, check out the link below.