Reshma Saujani is on a mission: to get young women in the United States interested in computer sciences. In 2011 she founded Girls Who Code, an organization providing summer programs for high school girls to immerse themselves in computer sciences.
"Girls Who Code is so powerful because it enables girls to establish a connection between coding and changing the world," Saujani says.
The former Deputy Public Advocate of New York City, Saujani saw a serious need in education for women to bridge the gender gap in technology fields.
"When I was running for office in New York City back in 2010 I saw firsthand the enormous technology divide that existed here, and I wanted to do something to change it,” Saujani says.
What began with 20 ambitious high school women in New York City has now grown into an impressive national pilot program. In 2014 the program expects to reach 3,000 young women, according to Saujani.
The program encourages more young women to choose a college major in computer sciences, aiming to close the gender gap in the heavily male-dominated computer science field.
Only 12% of computer science graduates are female, with a miniscule .3% of female high school students choosing to major in computer sciences. According to Saujani, in a room of computer engineers in the U.S., only 3 out of 25 are female.
"Help build awareness of the gender gap in tech,” Saujani says. “Girls Who Code is a movement. If there's a girl in your life, show her how learning to code can empower her to achieve her dreams, no matter what she wants to do.”
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