Girls Who Code was founded five years ago with the belief that computing skills are a critical path to security and prosperity in today’s job market. What began with 20 girls in the heart of New York City, Girls Who Code will reach 40,000 girls in all 50 U.S. states by the end of this year.
The demographic of Girls Who Code is the demographic of our nation. From Clubs in rural Oklahoma, to homeless shelters in Massachusetts, to the country’s most prestigious private schools—girls everywhere are united by their passion to use technology to solve problems in their day-to-day lives and make a positive impact on the world.
At Girls Who Code, we believe the gender gap in technology is an issue we must all come together to solve. With your support, we will continue to build a future where our next generation of girls and boys will prosper through creativity, through bravery, and through teamwork.
Thank you for your continued belief in our mission.
Girls Who Code was founded with a single mission: to close the gender gap in technology.
All girls are creators and able to make a positive impact on the world through computer science.
All girls of varying interests have the ability to be passionate about and interested in computer science.
Graduates of our programs will go on to deepen their CS learning and redefine cultural beliefs around what a computer scientist looks like.
After-school clubs for 6th–12th grade girls to explore coding in a fun & friendly environment
7-week summer programs for 10th–11th grade girls to learn coding & get exposure to tech jobs
We offer learning opportunities for our students and alumni to deepen their computer science skills as well as their confidence.
Our programs create clear pathways for Girls Who Code alumni from middle and high school into the computing workforce.
We build a supportive sisterhood of peers and role models who help our students and alumni persist and succeed.
Girls Who Code participant Raven thought helping create an animated tribute to the Pulse shooting was the least she could do. The 15‑year‑old Alabama girl learned to code at the Orlando Public Library, less than two miles from the Pulse nightclub. Raven’s group used the coding skills she learned in the program to create a digital memorial for the victims.
“When I first saw the news, I thought it was so sad. All of those innocent people got killed for nothing. I can pay my respects this way.”
After hearing about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, two Girls Who Code Club students wanted to help. Maya, 11, and Lucy, 12, built a website, “Get The Lead Out,” to educate middle and high school students about lead poisoning and how to prevent it. They hope to take a trip to Flint to interview those affected by the water crisis and help bring awareness to the problem.
“When we heard about what was happening in Flint, we wanted to help because kids like us are being affected by it. Our website teaches people what lead poisoning is and how to prevent it.”
Shanice is a freshman in high school outside Boston. When she was five, her mom moved the family into a homeless shelter where they stayed for a little less than two years. Shanice knew nothing about computer science, which she thought was for “nerds and geniuses.” But she wanted to give back, so she helped start a Girls Who Code Club in the homeless shelter where she once lived. She now teaches younger girls in the club how to code, and she’s even trying to teach her mom.
Shanice always thought she’d be a hairdresser, just like her mom. Now that she’s learned to code, she sees a world of opportunity in front of her.
We’re building the largest pipeline of future female engineers in the United States.
High School | 55%
Middle School | 37%
College | 8%
This year, Girls Who Code’s first group of alumni will graduate college. Here’s what Lesley, Maria, and Cora have been up to since graduating from Girls Who Code in the summer of 2012!
Girls Who Code Class of 2012, AppNexus
Computer Science Major, New York Institute of Technology
Lesley credits Girls Who Code for not only sparking her interest in programming but for teaching her confidence, responsibility, and hard work. Today, Lesley is a computer science major and sociology minor at NYIT, and she plans to get her Master’s in Education after she graduates this year. She hopes to open doors for students who otherwise wouldn’t have access to technology.
Girls Who Code Class of 2012, AppNexus
Political Science Major, University of Albany
In the short term, Maria plans to work in politics so she can make a difference in education policies. Long-term? She wants to be the first female Latina president of the United States! Maria will graduate with a political science degree from University of Albany this year and says Girls Who Code has “opened my eyes to the possibilities of what I am capable of.”
Girls Who Code Class of 2012, AppNexus
Engineering Major, University of Michigan
Cora enlisted in Girls Who Code’s inaugural Summer Immersion Program in 2012. During the program, she developed a plan to use an algorithm to detect the difference between benign and malignant tumors to bring down the rate of false positives in cancer screenings. Cora is now studying engineering at the University of Michigan.
of Summer Immersion Program participants said that because of the Summer Immersion Program, they now want to major in or are interested in computer science.
of Girls Who Code Clubs participants say they were considering a major/minor in CS because of Girls Who Code.
of Girls Who Code alumni said they were likely to pursue a career in technology.
Reshma’s TED Talk, “Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection” was one of the fastest-rising talks from the conference in 2016, with millions of views. The talk sparked a movement of women sharing their stories of bravery across the nation.
We released Girls Who Code Loop, the first-ever app for our community. The free app—available on iOS and Android—helps the Girls Who Code sisterhood of students and alumni stay in the loop and support each other.
We released “Cracking the Gender Code” with Accenture, the first report to explore the trajectory of women in computing in the next 10 years. The results of the report uncovered some surprising findings and what companies can do to increase the share of women in computing fields by 2025.
We released a series of videos satirizing ridiculous theories around why girls can’t code. The videos were created to spark conversation and reclaim stereotypes related to gender and appearance that have been used to exclude women from traditionally male-dominated fields like technology.
“Prudential’s support for Girls Who Code is aimed at not only helping solve the gender and skills gaps in STEM, but also solving a real business challenge for our industry. Most people don’t think of a company like Prudential when they consider the impact of the tech skills shortage on the private sector, but the financial services industry is increasingly reliant on technology to deliver the convenient and customized services our customers demand.”
VP of Corporate Social Responsibility, President of The Prudential Foundation
“We are thrilled to see how Girls Who Code has expanded since its launch and are proud of AT&T’s continued commitment to hosting girls in six cities as part of the Summer Immersion Programs in 2016 and again in 2017! The girls bring their energy and enthusiasm to our offices, and our employees appreciate the opportunity to engage with these bright young women!”
Senior Program Manager, AT&T Philanthropy
“Making a difference in women’s equality means starting early and staying the course. That's why AOL Charitable Foundation strategically decided to continue to support the Summer Immersion Program for year 3, while reaching even more girls by funding the expansion of the Girls Who Code Club program in the Mid Atlantic Region."
AOL Charitable Foundation President and VP Citizen AOL
“Synchrony Financial competes with emerging FinTech companies and therefore our ability to win in the marketplace is heavily dependent on our technology capabilities and resources. We need to find and attract a diverse group of developers. So we believe that giving back to non-profit groups like GWC is not only the right thing to do for society but also a great way for us to build the technology workforce of the future for Synchrony.”
Chief Information Officer, Synchrony Financial
Adobe and the Adobe Foundation
AOL Charitable Foundation
* Hosts Girls Who Code NY Office
Prudential Financial, Inc.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Amazon Web Services
Craig Newmark Foundation
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Kate Spade & Company Foundation
The Barlovento Foundation
Bank of America
Benevity Community Impact Fund
Booz Allen Hamilton
BSA | The Software Alliance
Pixar Animation Studios
The Cheryl Saban Self-Worth Foundation
for Women and Girls
The Walt Disney Company
Viacom International, Inc.
20th Century Fox
21st Century Fox
Barry S. Sternlicht
DaRin Butz Foundation
DHI Group, Inc.
Ford Motor Company Fund
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
New York Life
New York Times
The DeVry Foundation
John F. Smiekel Foundation
Motorola Solutions Foundation
Sara & Evan Williams Foundation
Tango Card, Inc.
Tremor Video, Inc.
24 Seven LLC
International Avaya Users Group
Iscol Family Foundation
Jae S. Lim Foundation
Network for Good
The Clorox Company Foundation
Austin Community College
Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center
CUNY Advanced Science Research Center
Fashion Institute of Technology
Florida International University
Grand Central Tech
Idea Center at Miami Dade College
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Texas State University at Round Rock
University of Illinois at Chicago
USC Marshall School of Business
In 2017, we’ll focus on reaching more girls across the country—both through our existing programs and new initiatives. We’ll continue to scale our after-school Clubs Program to include thousands of clubs and tens of thousands of girls in every state. As part of this growth, we’ll invest in expanding our community partnerships, particularly in school districts reaching low-income students. We’ll also invest in growing our volunteer network and helping thousands of Clubs Facilitators to learn computer science alongside their students. We’ll also debut new initiatives, such as the Girls Who Code book series, a first-of-its-kind 11-book series for girls to learn to code and to join our national movement. The first books come out August 22, 2017 and include a nonfiction book, Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World, and a fiction book, The Friendship Code, which we like to think of as The Baby-Sitters Club meets coding.
2017 will be a big year for Girls Who Code; join us in making it possible.