THIS YEAR WAS AS DIFFICULT
AS THEY COME — A PANDEMIC,
AN OVERDUE RECKONING AROUND
RACIAL INJUSTICE, A TRANSITION
TO REMOTE WORK AND LEARNING.
But through it all, I saw nothing but resilience, bravery, and leadership from our team, our partners, our girls, our community.
The staff at Girls Who Code spent the year working to design and deploy new virtual initiatives for our community. Our amazing partners stepped up to support Girls Who Code when we needed it most. And our girls showed a kind of leadership that we should all admire and aspire to.
I’ve never been more proud to be the leader of this incredible organization. And I believe, in my heart of hearts, that leaders must know when to step aside and make room for new vision and leadership. That’s why this year, I announced that I’ll be passing the baton to my amazing friend and Girls Who Code Chief Operating Officer Dr. Tarika Barrett to replace me as the Chief Executive Officer of Girls Who Code. I will remain on as the new Chair of the Board of Directors, and the organization’s biggest cheerleader.
This is a new chapter for Girls Who Code. In our first decade, we reached 450,000 girls—half of them Black, Latinx, or low-income. Our cohort of college-aged alumni grew to 90,000 young women. And our culture-change work is shifting hearts and minds.
Now, heading into our second decade with Dr. Barrett at the helm, all data points to the organization closing the gender gap in new entry-level tech jobs by 2030. I can think of no better moment for a transition in leadership, and no better person to step into the role. Tarika has lived the experience of so many of our girls and spent her career fighting for equity. Our girls will see her in this new role, and know anything is possible.
I hope you can join me in congratulating Dr. Barrett, and in cheering for Girls Who Code in the years to come.
is the year in which we are on track to close the gender gap in new entry-level tech jobs
girls and young women served to date
of girls served come from historically underrepresented groups in tech
In 2021, there are nearly
Girls Who Code alumni who are college-aged or post-college aged
There are now almost
more Girls Who Code college-aged or post-college aged alumni than the number of women graduating with CS and related degrees in the US in 2019
Girls Who Code has served 450,000 girls to date. We know that our Clubs, virtual Summer Immersion Program, and Code From Home activities are constantly expanding the pipeline of girls in computer science, and that our programming for college and workforce-aged young women is helping to retain girls in tech. We are getting closer to parity everyday.
STUDENTS & ALUMNI SERVED
Our programs continue to grow and serve girls all along the pipeline.
STUDENTS REACHED BY
PROGRAMS IN THE U.S., CANADA,
INDIA, AND THE U.K.
TOTAL STUDENTS REACHED
OUR PIVOT TO
The global pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the inequities in our education system and workforce, making it even more critical for Girls Who Code to step into the gap and serve girls in the highest-need communities. Yet there has been a silver lining. While challenging, the shift to remote learning has allowed Girls Who Code to serve more students, eliminating barriers like geography and pushing our organization to deploy new virtual initiatives to address the needs of our community. We remain committed to supporting girls in the highest-need communities, closing the gender gap in tech, and coming out of this pandemic even stronger.
Served 5,000 girls around the world—the largest number we’ve ever served in the summer and 3X the number of girls served in-person the year prior. More than half our students are Black, Latinx, or low-income. Research indicates our virtual program is as effective at sparking interest in Computer Science as our in-person summer program.
Adapted our Clubs program to offer an all-virtual option for Fall 2020 and rolled out new resources for Facilitators to lead their Clubs remotely.
Released dozens of free, downloadable coding activities. Millions of people engaged with Code at Home in 2020.
GIRLS WHO CODE
Launched to address the educational and professional needs of young women in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, GWC Talks reached more than 5,000 young women in 2020.
IN THE LAST YEAR, THE NUMBER
OF GIRLS WHO CODE
That number is three times the number of women who graduated with computer science and related degrees in the US in 2019. We continue to develop programming to help young women persist and succeed in the tech workforce, including: Girls Who Code Talks, Girls Who Code Virtual Hiring Summit, and more.
Girls Who Code has always been a leader in the fight for women’s equality. We’re not just teaching girls to code, we are changing culture—culture that says women and girls aren’t as smart or valuable or as worthy as men, and that they don’t have a place in tech. Our campaigns and brand partnerships help shift hearts and minds, showing that girls belong in tech.
GIRLS WHO CODE
GOES TO THE
We partnered with Olay on a Super Bowl ad featuring actors Busy Phillips and Taraji P. Henson, comedian Lilly Singh, journalist Katie Couric, and retired astronaut Nicole Stott. The ad was a part of Olay’s incredible #MakeSpaceForWomen campaign.WATCH VIDEO
We knew we had to do something special this year for the girls in our first-ever virtual Summer Immersion Program, so we lined up a star-studded speaker series to lend them words of inspiration. Speakers included First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Co-CEO and President of Ariel Investments Mellody Hobson, journalist Soledad O’Brien, actress & activist Yara Shahidi, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, former CEO of Pepsico Indra Nooyi, CEO of Twitter and Square Jack Dorsey, Co-Chair and Founder of the Gates Foundation Melinda Gates, NASA astronaut Christina Koch, Netflix CMO Bozoma Saint John, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan, body positivity advocate Jessamyn Stanley, former U.S. Education Secretary John King Jr., and Co-founder and CEO of Co-Star Banu Guler.
GIRLS WHO CODE
You cannot be what you cannot see! It was an honor to partner with American Girl on their first-ever gamer girl doll: Courtney. As a part of the partnership, American Girl granted four $5,000 scholarships to Girls Who Code students to help further their education in computer science.
We teamed up with Apple this year for Day of the Girl, offering a multidisciplinary week of virtual programming celebrating the power of storytelling and sisterhood. Our creative sessions featured incredible women artists and creators including Becky G, Madame Gandhi, Ashly Burch, Reyna Noriega and more.
In a move designed to celebrate the unseen contributions of female coders, Girls Who Code launched “Missing Code,” a digital campaign that illustrated how broken the internet would be if not for the work done by women. The campaign was made possible by the generous support of Lyda Hill Philanthropies’® IF/THEN® InitiativeWATCH VIDEO
In January 2020, Girls Who Code took out a full-page ad in The New York Times calling on the Biden Administration to implement a Marshall Plan for Moms—a 360 plan to pay mothers for their unpaid, unseen labor and to pass policies addressing parental leave, affordable childcare, and pay equity. 50 prominent women signed the ad, led by our CEO and founder Reshma Saujani, including Amy Schumer, Alexis McGill Johnson, Julianne Moore, Tarana Burke, Whitney Wolfe Herd, Charlize Theron, Eva Longoria, Gabrielle Union, and Ana Ortiz.
Bank of America
$500K - $999,999
Craig Newmark Philanthropies
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
$250K - $499,999
Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Chuck Lorre Family Foundation
Lyda Hill Philanthropies
$150K - $249,999
Ford Motor Company
General Dynamics Information Technology
George Lucas Family Foundation
Patrick J. McGovern Foundation
S&P Global and the S&P Global Foundation
The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC)
$75K - $149,999
Cadence Design Systems
Credit Suisse Services (USA) LLC
Delta Air Lines
Johnson & Johnson
Kate Spade New York Foundation
MetLife and MetLife Foundation
New York Life Insurance Company
Software.org: the BSA Foundation
Tango Card, Inc.
The Travelers Companies, Inc.
The Walt Disney Company
Toyota USA Foundation
$25K - $74,999
Ben and Divya Silbermann
Chicago Trading Co.
Elizabeth and Brian O'Kelley Charitable Fund
Huawei Technologies USA Inc.
J3 Events Inc
Lip-Bu Tan and Ysa Loo
McEvoy Spero Family Charitable Fund
The D. E. Shaw Group
Weikart Family Foundation
$10K - $24,999
Balazs Family Giving Fund
Bright Funds Foundation
DW Gore Family Foundation
IEX Group, Inc.
James M. and Margaret V. Stine Foundation
Jeffrey A. Dean and Heidi Hopper
McLelland Family Foundation
National Christian Foundation Indiana
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Shockwave Medical, INC
Sock It to Me
Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The Breman Foundation
$5K - $9,999
Anne Marie Phillips
Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
Brides for a Cause
Charles and Angela Sunderland Fund - Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
Custom House Financial (UK)
Female Founders Fund
First Tech Credit Union
Hudson River Trading LLC
IDC Research, Inc
Jonathan David Perlow
Lore Family Fund
Major League Baseball Player's Association
Portland Access User Group
The FalCarthy Foundation
Third Door Media, Inc.
As the pace of digital transformation accelerates, it’s critical that we close the gender gap in tech – by both building the talent pipeline and creating inclusive workplaces. While not everyone’s journey will be the same, everyone’s opportunities should be equal. Synchrony’s partnership with Girls Who Code is critical to help build opportunities for mentorship, leadership and skills training for the next generation of women leaders.
EVP and CIO of Synchrony and a member of the Board of Directors at Girls Who Code
IN THE FIVE YEARS SINCE
I'VE JOINED GIRLS WHO CODE — FIRST AS
VP OF PROGRAMS, AND THEN
AS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER — I'VE WATCHED
OUR TEAM DO THE MOST
Thanks to Reshma, we are in sight of our goal, in sight of closing the gender gap in tech by 2030.
But the road ahead is long. The COVID-19 pandemic has set countless girls back academically and professionally. And we’re still up against a culture that says girls do not belong in tech; up against an industry that needs to be held accountable for hiring, retaining, and promoting women and people of color.
As CEO, I plan to harness every ounce of my personal and professional experience, and bring it to bear on behalf of our girls. Because passionate, ambitious, and diverse young women are the key to transforming our economy and our society. If they can rise to the top, we will all live in a better, more equitable world.
We expanded our signature Clubs in the U.S. and abroad, serving 450,000 girls. We designed and deployed programs dedicated to supporting our ever-growing cohort of college-aged alumni—a group now 90,000 strong. In 2019, we were named the #1 Most Innovative Non-Profit by Fast Company.
And when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we pivoted quickly—dramatically expanding our reach through virtual programming that was effective, equitable, and accessible. We served the girls who needed us most, the girls most impacted by the pandemic.
For all this, I want to thank Reshma. Without her visionary leadership, our world, our organization, the lives of our girls would all look very different. Her legacy will inspire us all for years to come.
Thank you for your support,
Dr. Tarika Barrett