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Girls Who Code

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Welcome

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

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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

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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

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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.

Girls Who Code

Where your dollars go

$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

Girls Who Code

Key Facts and Figures

$12.4m

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

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@girlswhocode Mary Allen Wilkes is a computer programmer, logic designer, and lawyer. She designed and worked on the first personal computer, which she worked on from the comfort of her own home while working for MIT! She also wrote the first operating system to sit between a program and computer hardware, the LINC operating system. #WomensHistoryMonth #WomenInTech

23 hours ago

@girlswhocode Brenda Darden Wilkerson is an activist for access and opportunity for tech. She founded the original 'Computer Science for All,' an initiative that built computer science into classroom curriculums. Today, she is the president & CEO of AnitaB.org, the organization behind the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing! (Our fav event of year!) #WomensHistoryMonth #WomeninTech

1 day ago

@girlswhocode Mary Golda Ross was the first Native American female engineer. She was also the first female engineer at Lockheed, where she worked on the P-38 Lightning fighter plane. She was an integral part of the “space race" and was one of 40 engineers that worked in Lockheed's top-secret think tank, Skunk Works. Much of her work still remains classified today! #WomensHistoryMonth #WomenInTech

2 days ago

@girlswhocode Happy #StPatricksDay! ☘️ Lilian Bland is an Irish pioneer aviator. She was the first woman in the world to both design, build and fly her very own aircraft! She named her plane the Mayfly. She was also a journalist. #WomensHistoryMonth #WomenInTech

4 days ago

@girlswhocode Edith Clarke is the first female electrical engineer! She was the first woman to receive her electrical engineering graduate degree from MIT in 1919. She changed the game of engineering by using math to explain power transmission and creating a graphical device to understand power lines, named the Clarke Calculator. She was the first female electrical engineer professor in the US. #WomensHistoryMonth #WomenInTech

4 days ago

@girlswhocode Karen Spärck Jones is a British computer scientist. She developed programming that taught computers to understand human language, which was the basis for today's search engine! Her ideas and codes are being used in artificial intelligence research today. #WomensHistoryMonth #WomenInTech

5 days ago

@girlswhocode Carol Shaw is the world?s first female professional video game designer! She worked at two of the top video game companies ? Atari, which is the first video game company, and Activision. In 1980, she programmed and designed the first game ever commercially released by a woman, Tic-Tac-Toe. Two years later, she created her second game, River Raid. This game sold more than one million copies and won a lot of awards, including Best Atari 8-bit Game of the Year! #WomensHistoryMonth #WomeninTech

1 week ago

@girlswhocode Adele Goldberg is a computer scientist. She created the object-oriented programming language, Smalltalk-80 along with some of the most commonly used design patterns in software. Her work inspired the basis of the Macintosh desktop. Adele founded an internet support provider, Neometron, Inc, where she currently works. #WomensHistoryMonth #WomeninTech

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@girlswhocode Dr. Chieko Asakawa is a blind Japanese computer scientist. She is known for her groundbreaking development of the IBM Home Page Reader, the first web-to-speech browser plugin for the visually impaired. She was awarded the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon by the government of Japan in 2013. Today, she works with Carnegie Mellon University to help create opportunities for more people through accessibility. #WomensHistoryMonth #WomeninTech

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Adweek, November 4 2018

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.

In the Fund

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A gap remains at all levels of a women's career journey, from entering high-earning fields like technology, to equal pay and earning promotions. Women still earn 78 cents to a man's dollar.