A LETTER FROM RESHMA
What started as an experiment has grown into a national movement
Girls Who Code was founded five years ago with the belief that computing skills are a critical path to security and prosperity in today’s job market. What began with 20 girls in the heart of New York City, Girls Who Code will reach 40,000 girls in all 50 U.S. states by the end of this year.
The demographic of Girls Who Code is the demographic of our nation. From Clubs in rural Oklahoma, to homeless shelters in Massachusetts, to the country’s most prestigious private schools—girls everywhere are united by their passion to use technology to solve problems in their day-to-day lives and make a positive impact on the world.
At Girls Who Code, we believe the gender gap in technology is an issue we must all come together to solve. With your support, we will continue to build a future where our next generation of girls and boys will prosper through creativity, through bravery, and through teamwork.
Thank you for your continued belief in our mission.
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.
Came up with an app called Pocket Doctor, which provides basic medical information to people in developing nations, and won the congressional app challenge.
Built iRunToTheBeat, an iOS app that searches your music and automatically makes a running playlist to match your pace.
Built Witness an iOS app that allows a user to request a photo from any part of the world.
Built a game that shows the maze of barriers women must navigate to obtain safe and reliable reproductive health care.
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.