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Published on May 29, 2014
As part of New America's 10 Big Ideas Conference, Girls Who Code Founder Reshma Saujani talked about why she started her company, and the impact she hopes to have on the technology industry. As she noted, despite strong performance by girls in math and science at a young age, there's a dramatic drop-off when it comes to their entering the tech industry, and the problem is actually getting worse. As she put it, "In the 1980s, 37 percent of all computer science grads were women. Today that number is 12 percent. Steve Jobs and his original Apple team probably had more women than Mark Zuckerberg has today." In this clip, she talks about the immediate impact her program is having, both in terms of the number of girls she's educating, and what at least one graduate, among others, has already accomplished.