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Girls Who Code reaches 90,000 girls, on track to close gender gap in new report

April 4, 2018 (New York, New York) – Girls Who Code released its 2017 Annual Report today, with new data indicating that the organization is on track to close the gender gap in entry level jobs by 2027.

Girls Who Code has reached nearly 90,000 girls in all 50 states to date. 50 percent of girls enrolled in the organization’s programming come from historically underrepresented groups, including girls who are Black, Latina, and from low-income households.

Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, created the organization in 2012 to close the gender gap in tech after seeing firsthand the gender imbalance in technology classrooms.

“Girls Who Code is proud to be a part of this movement, and even prouder because our girls – girls of all races and ethnicities and abilities and zip codes – are leading it,” says Saujani. “They are solving problems in their communities, empowering their friends, and defining the future of our world. We’re thrilled to be giving them the tools they need to get there.”

With approximately 5,000 college-aged alumni, Girls Who Code is seeing immense success with their programs – alumni are choosing to major in CS, or related fields, at a rate 15 times the national average. Their Black and Latina alumni, specifically, are choosing to major in CS or related fields at a rate 16 times the national average.

The organization also announced expansion plans with programs for 3rd through 5th grade girls, college-aged alumni, as well as international programming.

To read the report, visit girlswhocode.com/2017report.