The Problem

Tech jobs are among the fastest growing in the country, yet girls are being left behind. While interest in computer science ebbs over time, the biggest drop off happens between the ages of 13-17.

Graph showing the percentage of girls interested in or enrolled in computing programs drops from 66% to 4% between the age of 6 and attending college.

The gender gap in computing has actually

been getting worse since the 1980s.

In 1984 37% of all computer science graduates were women.

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Pie graph showing currently 18% of computer science graduates are women.

Now that
number is just
18%

By 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs available in computing related fields. US graduates are on track to fill 29% of those jobs.
Women are on track to fill just 3%.

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Our Mission

Girls Who Code was founded with a single mission:
to close the gender gap in technology

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What started as an experiment has grown into a national movement

Girls Who Code has gone from 20 girls in New York to 10,000 girls in 42 states. That’s the same number of girls who graduate each year with a degree in computer science. That’s progress! I’m proud to say we’re not just aiming to close the gender gap in tech — we’re actually doing it.

When girls learn to code, they become change agents in their communities. Whether it’s a game to illustrate the experience of an undocumented immigrant or a website to provide free college prep, our girls create technology that makes the world a better place. Like us, you believed in girls’ unlimited potential. Thanks to your support and contributions, together we’ve inspired thousands of girls to see a future in tech.

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What We’re Doing

We’re building the largest pipeline of future
female engineers in the United States.

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Graph showing program growth as of December 2015, with over 8,000 girls participating

Outcomes & Impact

10,000+ GWC ALUMNI
Graph showing the number of alumnae from Girls Who Code Programs: Middle School - 2980, High School - 6627, College - 412

Girls Who Code alumni are now majoring at the
top Computer Science Universities across the nation.

65%

of Clubs participants say they are considering a major or minor in Computer Science because of Girls Who Code

90%

of Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program participants said they were planning to major or minor in CS or a closely-related field.

Alumni Stories

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Built iRunToTheBeat, an iOS app that searches your music and automatically makes a running playlist to match your pace.

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AT&T Summer Immersion Program; 
Computer Science Major at Stanford University; Google, Engineering Practicum Intern
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Built a game that shows the maze of barriers women must navigate to obtain safe and reliable reproductive health care.

Joelle Robinson
IAC Summer Immersion Program; Computer Science Major at Brandeis University; Moody’s Information Technology Intern
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Built Witness an iOS app that allows a user to request a photo from any part of the world.

Nikita Rau
Attended NYC AppNexus Summer Immersion Program; Computer Science Major at UC Berkeley; Facebook, iOS Development Intern
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top companies have pledged
to hire Girls Who Code alumni.
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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.

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Jack Dorsey
Co-Founder and CEO of Square and Twitter

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.

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Marissa Shorenstein
New York State President of AT&T

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.

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Maxine Williams
Facebook Global Director of Diversity

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.

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Donna Morris
Senior Vice President, People & Places

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.

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Lata Reddy
Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility and President of The Prudential Foundation

Our Partners

Annual Reports

2015 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report