28
Mar

Girls Who Code Releases 2018 Annual Report, Announces Reach of 100 Million on Its Mission to Close the Gender Gap in Tech

Organization leading efforts to make tech more diverse and equitable for girls around the world makes astounding progress, comes closer than ever to fulfilling its mission

New York, New York (March 28, 2019) – Today, Girls Who Code released the organization’s 2018 Annual Report—detailing extraordinary growth in the U.S. and internationally, and highlighting new commitments to a growing cohort of nearly 30,000 college-aged alumni. Girls Who Code has reached 185,000 girls through its programs and 100 million people through its campaigns, advocacy work, and 13-book New York Times best-selling series.

To see the full 2018 Annual Report, click here.

“We are an organization that’s committed to growth—for our girls, our communities, our economies,” said Tarika Barrett, PhD, Chief Operating Officer of Girls Who Code. “But more than growth, we’re committed to the impact of closing the gender gap in tech. Because we truly believe that if you teach a girl to code, she will change the world.”   

Highlights from the report include:

  • Girls Who Code has reached 185,000 girls through its programs and 100 million people through campaigns, advocacy work, and 13-book New York Times best-selling series.
  • This year, the cohort of Girls Who Code college-aged alumni will grow to nearly 30,000.
  • The organization’s college-aged alumni are majoring in computer science and related fields at a rate 15 times the national average.
  • 50 percent of the girls served by Girls Who Code come from historically underrepresented groups in tech, including girls who are black, latina, and those who come from low-income households
  • Girls Who Code is on track to achieve gender parity in entry-level computer science jobs in the United States by 2027.

“Because of Girls Who Code, I had a place to go where I felt empowered to ask questions and get help to learn more from peers, teachers, and mentors,” said Girls Who Code alum Lily Prusso. “The organization built up my confidence in academics and that has had a huge impact on my success in the courses I am taking here in college.”

In the year ahead, Girls Who Code will continue to grow its reach and impact in the U.S. and internationally, and work to help alumni persist and succeed as they begin to graduate college and enter the workforce.

“One of the most powerful bonds a girl can have is the bond of Sisterhood, the bond of a community that rises together,” said Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code. “In 2018, we reflected on how far sisterhood has brought us… and, more importantly, how far it will take us. And it will take us far. When I talk to the girls in our programs, the girls who have graduated from our programs, I am filled with hope for our future.”

To see the full 2018 Annual Report, click here.

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ABOUT GIRLS WHO CODE
Girls Who Code is an international non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. With their 7-week Summer Immersion Program, a 2-week specialized Campus Program, after school Clubs, and College Loops program, they are leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st-century opportunities. Girls Who Code has reached 185,000 girls to date through its programs and 100 million people through campaigns, advocacy work, and New York Times best-selling series. To join the movement or learn more, visit girlswhocode.com.