Girls Who Code Releases 2019 Annual Report, Announces 500 Million People Reached, 300,000 Girls Served by Programs Globally
International organization leading efforts to close the gender gap in tech on track to close the gender gap in new entry-level tech jobs by 2027
NEW YORK, NEW YORK (March 26, 2020) – Today, Girls Who Code released its 2019 Annual Report—reporting that the organization has reached 500 million people through its campaigns, and 300,000 girls through its programs.
“We’ve reached so many girls that the graduating classes of top computer science colleges are closer to parity than they’ve been since the 1980s. And in the next seven years, we’ll have closed the gender gap in new entry-level tech jobs,” said Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code. “This movement we started in a small, borrowed conference room in New York is well on its way to completely and totally transforming the industry.”
Highlights from the report include:
- Girls Who Code has reached 300,000 girls in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, and India through its programs and 500 million people through its campaigns, advocacy work, and book series.
- Over 50% of the girls served by Girls Who Code’s programs come from historically under-represented groups in tech, including girls who are Black, Latinx, and from low-income households.
- The cohort of Girls Who Code college-aged alumni grew from 30,000 to 80,000.
- The organization’s college-aged alumni are majoring in computer science and related fields at 15 times the national average. Black and Latinx college-aged alumni are majoring in the same fields at 16 times the national average.
- Girls Who Code is on track to close the gender gap in entry-level positions in the next seven years.
“Girls Who Code changed my life,” said Andrea, a Girls Who Code alum. “I found a new interest that eventually became a plan for a college major, and a new confidence in my ability to accomplish things because I want to, not because they are already easy.”
Over the next year, Girls Who Code will continue to grow its reach and impact, both in the U.S. and internationally. The organization will focus on expanding its programmatic work, as well as its support for alumni both in college and in the workforce.
“When we sat out to close the gender gap in tech, we knew we needed a grassroots-first model that we could scale quickly. We bet on facilitators, allies, libraries, community centers, neighbors, friends, family,” said Dr. Tarika Barrett, chief operating officer at Girls Who Code. “It’s remarkable.”
To read the full 2019 report, click here.
About Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is an international non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology, and leading the movement to inspire, educate and equip young women with the computing skills needed to pursue 21st century opportunities.
Since launching in the United States in 2012, Girls Who Code has reached 300,000 girls through its programs (Clubs, Summer Immersion Program, College Loops), and 500 million people through campaigns, advocacy work, and 13-book New York Times best-selling series. To learn more, visit www.girlswhocode.com.