Nationwide

Girls Who Code

Equipping girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

Girls Who Code
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Girls Who Code

From the CEO and Founder

Computing is where the jobs are — and where they will be in the future, but fewer than 1 in 5 computer science graduates are women.

Girls Who Code was founded with a single mission: to close the gender gap in technology. Since we started in 2012, we've grown into a movement reaching almost 90,000 girls of all backgrounds in all 50 states. We’re building the largest pipeline of future female engineers in the United States.

Reshma Saujani

Girls Who Code

What we do

Program 1

Summer Immersion Program

7-week summer programs for 10th-11th grade girls to learn coding & get exposure to tech jobs. Each week of the program covers projects related to computer science, such as art, storytelling, robotics, video games, web sites, and apps. Participants hear from guest speakers, participate in workshops, connect with female engineers and entrepreneurs, and go on field trips. The program culminates in a final project where each girl builds her own product and shares it with the class.

Program 2

Clubs Program

Girls Who Code offers free after-school programs for 3rd-5th and 6th-12th grade girls to join our sisterhood of supportive peers and role models using computer science to change the world. Our curriculum is designed for students with a wide range of computer science experience. We have activities for girls with zero computer science experience all the way up to activities that introduce college-level concepts.

Program 3

Campus Program

Technology is changing everything about the way we live and work, but girls are being left behind. Fewer than 1 in 4 computer scientists are women — and that number is declining. Girls Who Code is changing that. We’re introducing a brand new summer program called Girls Who Code Campus to reach even more girls across the nation. Campus offers beginner and advanced courses for middle and high school girls — in a condensed 2-week timeline for busy summer schedules.

By the numbers

The impact

90,000

Girls of all backgrounds have participated in Girls Who Code .

Girls Who Code

$12.4m

Annual Budget
Year Ended Dec 2017
Program Spend
82%
Fundraising Spend
8%
Management Spend
10%
EIN
300728021
Founded
2012
CEO and Founder
Reshma Saujani
Headquarters
New York City
# Employees
0
# Volunteers
0
Girls Who Code

Instagram

1 day ago - @girlswhocode

"Because it was US. And we were magic. Forever" — Jenny Young #SomeoneGreat cc: @netflix #codingmemes #moviememes

2 days ago - @girlswhocode

We stand together in #sisterhood.

3 days ago - @girlswhocode

Our eyes are tired just thinking about it 👀 -- #coding #codingmemes

4 days ago - @girlswhocode

The #sisterhood has spoken #TimesUp — Girls Who Code Alumni, @dianakris accepted @thewebbyawards on behalf of Girls Who Code and the sisterhood. Her #5WordSpeech was: Stop sexual harassment in tech #Webbys #WomenInTech

5 days ago - @girlswhocode

Like @shawnmendes said, "there's nothing holding me back." Let's do it this week #MondayMotivation #shawnmendes

6 days ago - @girlswhocode

To all our moms, thanks for empowering us to change the world 🌎 #MothersDay #WomenInTech

1 week ago - @girlswhocode

You're powerful. Own it 💫 #FridayFeeling

1 week ago - @girlswhocode

Lifting us up always 👑 #metgala #girlswhocode

1 week ago - @girlswhocode

We will find you, and we will debug you. #coding

1 week ago - @girlswhocode

And... to our Windows users, take control your week #MondayMotivation #OperatingSystems

Adweek

Losing a Race for Congress Inspired Girls Who Code’s Founder to Tackle the STEM Gender Gap

Sometimes you have to fail first to learn how to succeed. Reshma Saujani knows all about both.

A Yale-trained attorney, Saujani suspended a successful career in finance to launch a political campaign in 2010, becoming the first Indian-American woman to run for Congress. Unfortunately, she lost the primary. But campaigning had taken her to places a Wall Street lawyer rarely ventures: the classrooms of New York City schools. There, Saujani noticed something glaring about the computer classes: They were pretty much all made up of boys.

Even in 2010, it was obvious to her that tech jobs were the future. And for girls who are the daughters of refugees—like Saujani herself—a degree in computer science is practically a guarantee of a good wage and a sustainable career path. Though her congressional dreams had been dashed, a new idea was forming.

“When I lost, I wanted to continue to make a difference,” says Saujani. “I figured the best way that I could do that is by creating opportunities for girls.”

Girls Who Code became that platform and outlet.

Girls Who Code

Where your money goes

$25

Teacher Training - Supports teacher training to introduce students to the exciting world of computer science

$50

Program Launch - Helps launch a Girls Who Code Club in a new community

$75

Financial Help - supports needs-based stipends for students

$100

Classroom Equipment - Provides classrooms with Robots to facilitate students' exploration of robotics