Get on the Girls Who Code Train – Women in the World 2013

Apr 9, 2013   |   GWC Blog

Last Friday, Girls Who Code was honored to join some of the most inspiring women of our time — women like Hillary Clinton and Oprah– on the stage at the 2013 Women in the World Summit.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered a rousing call to action, reminding us that women’s rights are human rights, and then the lights dimmed. The applause continued when the face of Julia, a 2012 Girls Who Code alumnus, appeared on the large screen over the stage. A video told the story of Julia’s life and of how, since her experience in the Girls Who Code Immersion Program, she has a new vision of herself and her future. Julia is not waiting for her future to start, though; she’s already using the skills she learned at Girls Who Code to build websites for companies and is teaching her father how to code.  A standing ovation from the Women in the World Summit is not a bad place to start.


Julia’s video was just the beginning of our excitement. GWC Founder, Reshma Saujani, joined the stage for a panel moderated by Chelsea Clinton called, Grooming Titans of Tech: The Future Innovators, Influencers, and Entrepreneurs.  We were proud to hear Reshma discuss not only the problem of gender parity in technology, but also our solution.

“This is the most important domestic issue of our time,” Reshma told the crowd of thousands. “The train is leaving the station, and we need to make sure that our girls are not left behind.”

The panelists nodded, as Chelsea added, “because if we leave our girls behind – that train is leaving without all of us.”

Here’s your chance to make sure that your daughters, nieces, and friends get on this train to a prosperous and equitable future: The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program is accepting applications through Monday, April 15th at 11:59 pm Eastern.  Click here to apply now.

Check out the video of Reshma’s panel and spread the news with you friends: Girls Who Code is preparing the next generation of tech titans and our work starts with you.

Why It Matters


In middle school, 74% of girls express interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), but when choosing a college major, just 0.3% of high school girls select computer science.


100% of 2012 program participants report that they are definitely or more likely to major in computer science following the program.


Women today represent 12% of all computer science graduates. In 1984, they represented 37%.


While 57% of bachelor’s degrees are earned by women, just 12% of computer science degrees are awarded to women.


Despite the fact that 55% of overall AP test takers are girls, only 17% of AP Computer Science test takers are high school girls.


Women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but hold just 25% of the jobs in technical or computing fields.


The U.S. Department of Labor projects that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings. Yet U.S. universities are expected produce only enough qualified graduates to fill 29% of these jobs.


In a room full of 25 engineers, only 3 will be women.