9-Year-Old Girl Wins Petition To Join 'Boys Only' Robot Course

06/07/2015 4:26 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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TORONTO — A 9-year-old girl in Canada was allowed to join a "boys only" robotics course after her petition to convince a local library went viral.

Cash Cayen from Timmins, Ontario was interested to sign up for the robotics course at the Timmins Public Library.

However, she was denied admission on the ground that she is a girl and the course is only for boys.

Cayen started an online petition on Change.org, asking people for help to convince the library to open up the robotics course to girls as well.

The petition quickly went viral and garnered more than 30,000 supporters by weekend, far exceeding the young girl's expectations, 'Tech Times' reported.

Following criticism over such gender discrimination, along with the large number of signatures the petition received, the Timmins Public Library reversed its decision.

The robotics programme is now open to all children between the ages of nine and 12 years old.

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