Girls Who Code, a program that promotes more participation by women in computer science programs and careers, started modestly in New York City in 2012. Recently, however, the organization founded by Reshma Saujani has seen some pretty incredible growth, according to its 2014 year end report.
Since its inception, the nonprofit has given more than 3,000 high school-aged girls computer coding instruction, with a goal of helping them develop functional code-based products, such as mobile video games and other software applications. The organization has also expanded its programs to 24 cities and seen a huge jump in the number of girls participating in its programs from 2013 to 2014. Starting in 2012 with 20 students, Girls Who Code’s two-week Summer Immersion program had 152 participants in 2013 and 375 in 2014. Its after-school club programs are even more popular; in 2014, close to 2,200 girls took part in the the after school program, up from 600 participants the year before.
[illustration by Brad Jonas]