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 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 to the polls, Saujani had no chance, yet she garnered the support of the New York Daily News and the attention of the political pundits. Alas, Saujani’s $1.3 million campaign won just 19% of the vote, but her story illustrates the courage it takes to be less than perfect.

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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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