GM's CEO Mary Barra has made huge moves during her tenure to transform the traditional automaker into a tech company.

In fact, in the last year alone under Barra's leadership, the auto giant acquired Cruise Automation, invested $500 million in the ride-hailing company Lyft, and launched GM's first long-range, all-electric vehicle, dubbed the Bolt.This growing focus on connectivity, electrification, and autonomy has spurred the company to increasingly recruit more software engineers.

In fact, Barra told Business Insider in an interview that on average the company is hiring a STEM position every 26 minutes.

But Barra said that while the boom for coding jobs is growing in the auto industry, the number of female candidates to fill these positions is not.

Barra wants to change that, though, which is why GM announced Tuesday that it's giving a grant of $250,000 to Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization that provides after-school programs to teach girls in 6 to 12th-grade computing skills.

The aim of the organization is to better equip girls with the computing skills they need so that they can pursue computer-science degrees once they get to college.

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