FARGO—Madison Christensen was the only girl in the sixth-grade tech club at Agassiz Middle School in 2004. Her friends didn't share or understand her interest in computers, but her brother encouraged her to stick with it.
"I just remember my brother saying, 'Maddie, if you like it, do it. You don't need to follow what other people are doing,' " Christensen said. "I'm glad he did that."
Today, she is a successful design and marketing web developer for Intelligent InSites. She also devotes time to encourage other young girls through her involvement with uCodeGirl, a nonprofit established to increase the participation of girls in technology careers.