Her goal is to have one million women in the computer scienc field by the year 2020. To accomplish this, young women will need to take risks AND learn to code!

Who is she:

Reshma is a self-confessed non-risk taker; one who was socialized to be pretty, smart and passive. An unsuccessful run for the United States congress dramatically changed her life and the way she views the socialization of girls in our society.

She has founded a nonprofit, Girls Who Code, to introduce young women into the tech world.

Why you should view:

This talk is an inspiration for anyone who has a vision of hope for young women.

Discussion questions:

  1. What is her desired impact of beginning her talk with the story of her election attempt and her defeat? Does she achieve it? Why or why not?
  2. How is risk taking discouraged for girls and women? In what ways are boys socialized to be risk takers?
  3. What is a bravery deficit? Is it really as big a source of concern as she states?
  4. What does she see as the relationship between coding and risk-taking?
  5. Do some research into efforts to interest and involve women into STEM careers.

Making connection:

Here is a link to an inspiring article called, Teen Girls At Homeless Shelter Learn To Code:




Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection with Reshma Saujani


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