Girls Who Code Has Invaded Microsoft and Facebook

Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of GIrls Who Code, is on a mission to get coding clubs everywhere -- from your local school and library to powerhouse companies like Microsoft, Disney and Facebook.
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Girls Who Code is now 40,000 girls strong, with 80 summer immersion programs and over 1,500 after-school clubs across the country.

Founder Reshma Saujani is super proud of that considering she is on a mission to get Girls Who Code clubs in schools, libraries and powerhouse tech companies with summer immersion programs.

The summer immersion programs basically are embedded classrooms in companies like Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE) - Get Report , Facebook Inc. (FB) - Get Report , AT&T Inc. (T) - Get Report , Walt Disney Co. (DIS) - Get Report and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) - Get Report  that are free to junior and senior high school girls. The programs cover projects related to computer science including art, storytelling, robotics, video games, websites and apps.

The after-school programs are in middle schools and local town centers. "We have a program in Carrollton, Ohio, where the girls have no Wi-Fi at home, but meet at the local library to learn how to code," said Saujani. 

These experiences are staying with the girls. Now, when Saujani visits college campuses and goes into computer science classes, "the vast majority of the girls in those classes are our girls," she said.

Learn to Code and Change the World is the apropos name of her book, and all the proceeds go to her nonprofit. Watch the video above to learn more.

Listen to the #AlphaRising podcast with Reshma Saujani here!

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Editors' pick: Originally published Nov. 16.