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What Losing an Election Taught the Founder of Girls Who Code About Bravery

#AlphaRising went to the Girls Who Code offices to learn how it all started and what girls need to do to become our country's next leaders.

Girls Who Code's founder didn't even know how to code when she launched her organization, which is now 40,000 girls strong.

"I just knew I wanted to give back," Reshma Saujani said.

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And it all started because she lost in a New York Democratic Congressional race -- and she lost pretty badly.

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"But losing that congressional race was the bravest thing I ever did," Saujani said. "Because, oh my God, I didn't die."

Girls Who Code is on a mission to get every girl coding. "You're going to need to learn how to code to survive the 21st century.  That's just a fact," Saujani said.  So with 80 summer immersion programs in companies like Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE) - Get Adobe Inc. Report , Facebook Inc. (FB) - Get Meta Platforms Inc. Class A Report , AT&T Inc. (T) - Get AT&T Inc. Report , Walt Disney Co. (DIS) - Get Walt Disney Company Report and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) - Get Microsoft Corporation Report - she is well on her way to do just that.

So listen in and hear her inspirational story.

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