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Teach girls bravery, not perfection - Reshma Saujani

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Women are underrepresented in areas critical to innovation, including STEM fields, politics, and C-suites. What all these have in common is that success requires risk taking and bravery. How do we socialize our girls and boys differently – and why is it important to encourage girls to embrace imperfection? Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code, has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program — two skills they need to move society forward.

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Check out Reshma Saujani's book, Brave, Not Perfect, where she shares powerful insights and practices to help us let go of our need for perfection and make bravery a lifelong habit. By being brave, not perfect, we can all become the authors of our best and most joyful life.

Take the Perfection Quiz, to find out if your need for perfection is getting in the way with your freedom and joy.

Listen to the Brave, Not Perfect podcast, an award-winning podcast that aims to help people discover the secret to making radical change happen in their lives. You’ll hear stories of failure and resilience from leading change-makers like Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Lizzo, Arianna Huffington, and more, plus learn how you can be brave in your everyday life.

Learn to code with Girls Who Code virtual activities

Check out TED-Ed's learn to code series Think Like A Coder, a 10-episode narrative that follows a girl, Ethic, and her robot companion, Hedge, as they attempt to save the world. The two embark on a quest to collect three artifacts and must solve their way through a series of programming puzzles.

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