Girls Who Code

In 2009-10, during her unsuccessful run for Congress, Reshma Saujani noticed something as she visited various schools along the campaign trail – a lack of girls in computer science classrooms. Despite the growth of technology as an industry, Saujani learned that the number of women in technology was actually in decline. The daughter of Ugandan refugees, the 39-year old lawyer knew both the importance of educational opportunities and the vast potential of these creative and passionate young minds.

In 2012, Saujani created Girls Who Code, a nonprofit that offers an intensive 7-week summer program in computer science to high school girls in low-income areas. Trips are also arranged to Facebook, Twitter, Google and other technology companies. “There’s going to be 1.4 million jobs that are open in the next 20 years in science, technology, engineering and math, but right now only one out of seven engineers is a woman,” explains Saujani. “Girls Who Code wants to change that.”

This past summer, GWC offered programs for 1,200 girls in 14 cities across the U.S. As one participant put it, “Hopefully, there’s going to be tons of new role models soon. I’d love to be one myself.”

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