Summary of Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection

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Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection summary
Society doesn’t need perfect girls; it needs girls who have the self-belief to take risks.


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When society indoctrinates girls to take risks and abide imperfection just like the boys do, everybody wins. Education advocate Reshma Saujani founded Girls Who Code to help girls develop a high tolerance for mistakes and flaws by learning how to program. In the process, they also learn to be brave. getAbstract recommends Saujani’s stirring talk to all women who yearn to leave their comfort zones but need a push, as well as to recruiters and educators responsible for bringing more women into the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How society is raising girls to avoid risks and aim for perfection,
  • How this attitude stifles women’s personal development and harms society, and
  • How learning to code helps young girls gain confidence.


In 2012, 33-year-old Reshma Saujani was “truly brave” for the first time in her life: She ran for Congress in New York City against an incumbent who had held the post for 20 years. According...
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Reshma Saujani founded Girls Who Code, a nonprofit school that preps girls for careers in computer science.

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