A LETTER FROM RESHMA
When I started Girls Who Code, I never would have imagined that we would grow to become a movement reaching almost 90,000 girls of all backgrounds in all 50 states.
And now, just six years into our work, we’ve reached a tipping point.
We are on track to achieve gender parity in computer science by 2027. And we know why: because our work is as much about quantity, as it is about quality. We scale our programs to reach more girls in more places, and give them the chance to forge lifelong bonds so they may persist in computer science.
It’s incredible. But for us, parity is really just the beginning.
We’ve reached a moment unmatched in our history, a moment as full of anger and anguish as it is promise and potential. Women and girls across the country are coming together to correct centuries-long power imbalances across lines of gender, race, sexuality, and more.
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.
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.
I hope you’ll join us and make sure every girl has the chance to change her world – our world – for the better. Thank you for your support.
Built a website, “Get The Lead Out,” to educate middle and high school students about lead poisoning and how to prevent it.
Started their own Girls Who Code club and went on to create an app called “Under My Wing,” an app with features designed to help prevent sexual assault, for the Verizon App Challenge — their app won Best in State, Best in Region, and Best in the Nation.
Created a game called Tampon Run, which became an overnight hit with it’s mission to de-stigmatize menstruation.
Built iRunToTheBeat, an iOS app that searches your music and automatically makes a running playlist to match your pace.
Built a game that shows the maze of barriers women must navigate to obtain safe and reliable reproductive health care.
Built Witness an iOS app that allows a user to request a photo from any part of the world.
Diversity and inclusiveness are essential in every industry, and they are critical in tech. Building companies that are as diverse as the people who rely on our products is not only the right thing to do, it is good business. Girls Who Code helps us create a stronger community around girls and women that will empower the next generation to be leaders in technology.
As a company committed to building a diverse workforce and as an early supporter of Girls Who Code, AT&T has seen first-hand the power of nurturing young women’s careers in high tech fields. By supporting the Girls Who Code Alumnae Network, we are giving these girls – the first of whom are just beginning their collegiate journey – a way to stay connected to the program and to each other.
Girls Who Code not only provides thousands of young women with the opportunity to learn and grow their skills in computer science, they also provide underrepresented groups with incredible access to the tech industry. Having the opportunity to learn and work at tech companies is a valuable experience, and Facebook looks forward to continuing to collaborate with GWC as they work to close the gender gap in technology.
Silicon Valley companies are clamoring for technical women. But not enough women are pursuing these careers. Girls Who Code has found the magic in building 1:1 relationships for girls with strong mentors, and their results have been impressive. We’re excited to invest in mentoring and eventually hiring Girls Who Code graduates as part of our workforce.
The Prudential Foundation’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.