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Reshma Saujani  CEO and Founder of @girlswhocode. Mother. Author. Former NYC Deputy Public Advocate. #girlswhocode

http://girlswhocode.com/books

We will always stand up for our transgender community at @girlswhocode. The sisterhood has your back!

Today I was proud to speak at the @sychronyfinancial Global Diversity Network Symposium. We all know that the lack of diversity in tech is an issue––when we think of the tech industry, it's hard not to think of white men––but sometimes it is hard to connect that problem with 500,000 unfilled computing positions or America's paltry 40,000 annual graduates with computer science degrees (compared to China's 350,000). It's time to face up to the fact that we could start addressing our scarcity of coders by addressing female underrepresentation in tech. At @girlswhocode, we're working hard to bring more women into the tech workforce, and that means thinking about inclusion and diversity. The result? We're no longer just aiming to fix the pipeline. We're actually doing it. Thank you Sychrony for recognizing that diversity matters.
#altogetherbetter #SYFDiversity

A friend sent this photo to me: a cameo with @drdre in @hbo's @defiantones. This is from when I won @wsj's Innovator of the Year. Very fun and unexpected!
#defiantones

Last week we had a blast at the National Governors Association Summer Meeting and one of the highlights was getting to meet a few girls from our @girlswhocode club at Brookview House, a homeless shelter and affordable housing complex outside of Boston. These girls meet once a week to take coding classes and represent a club that is the only one of its kind. Not only are they learning to build apps and video games, but they're also making friends and learning the confidence to be brave in any field, as well as in life. The girls were kind enough to pose for a photo with me. (They also gave me a few tips on taking selfies!) So great to meet the club from Brookview House––I know you'll go on to accomplish amazing things.
#girlswhocode

Took the day off to take my niece @mayahogan to the @Mets game. Shaan wasn't thrilled about the heat, but we still had a great time! ⚾️
#gomets

I spend 25% of my time mentoring. When I was young, my parents immigrated to America from Uganda. We were new to this country and growing up, there were a lot of things I had to figure out by myself. I want to use my knowledge to help as many girls (and sometimes boys!) as possible.
Today I was excited to speak to @AppNexus's 2017 Campus Hire Class. These interns work out of the same building as @girlswhocode and inspire everyone with their creative use of code to solve real problems in their communities. They also keep my pop culture game strong 💪🏽
#girlswhocode #mentoringmatters

Facing adversity has made me double down on my commitments. When I first ran for public office and lost, I ran again. When I lost a second time after campaigning on a platform of increasing the number of computer science classes in NYC schools, I founded @girlswhocode so that I could do my part to help achieve that goal anyway. Five years later, Girls Who Code has taught tens of thousands of girls to code. It's hard to accept failure, but failure has put me on a journey I only dreamed about. In a way, my failed political career was the best thing to happen to me. Thanks to Elle.com for sharing my story––link in bio for more.
#bravenotperfect #girlswhocode

I am writing a book on bravery and one of the ways I am exercising my bravery muscle is to get out of my comfort zone. I can't swim and I'm a little afraid of water but I have always wanted to surf. So today I took my first surfing lesson. It was amazing. I wiped out 100 times and was petrified. Best experience ever.
#bravenotperfect

@marieclairemag wrote about my rules for maintaining work life balance (link in bio for more). One thing that keeps me from losing my sanity is making sure I get enough time with Shaan. If I'm away from him for more than 48 hours, I get cranky. In some cases, like when I traveled to the National Governors Association Summer Meeting last week, he just has to come with me. He likes traveling with mom (especially when there's a train involved).
#worklifebalance

By 2020 there will be 1.4 million jobs in computing. I'm so excited to show the world our @girlswhocode books, which will help prepare young girls for future careers in tech. Available on August 22—link in bio for more info.
Regram from @penguinkids
#girlswhocode

Today I addressed more than 30 governors at the National Governor’s Association (@governors_nga) Annual Summer Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island. I told them that if we are serious about closing the gender gap in computer science education, our leaders need to keep an eye on gender.
Last year there were 500,000 computing jobs available, yet only 7000 female graduates with degrees in computer science. More states are expanding computer science education, but middle and high school girls still make up only about 1 in 5 spots in computer science classes. We can’t fix that problem until we start tracking and releasing gender data for computer science classes and supporting the growth of one of the largest untapped sources of coding talent in the country. At @girlswhocode, we're leading the movement to initiate girls into tech. Will our nation's leaders join us?
#girlswhocode #womenintech #wethestates

So good seeing @JustinPJTrudeau again, hope Ella Grace loves the new @GirlsWhoCode book. If all world leaders were like you, we could close the gap in women's leadership tomorrow. #wethestates #girlswhocode

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