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Be Brave, Not Perfect – Reshma Saujani


My guest on today’s show is an acclaimed author and the Founder of Girls Who Code.

Reshma Saujani committed her first act of bravery at the age of 33 when she ran for political office in New York. She lost – very badly. Instead of being defeated by it, she was set free… she discovered her bravery muscle and started to exercise it more. For example, she set up an NGO about coding when she knew nothing about start-ups – or coding. Girls Who Code is a US non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like. Reshma’s TED talk, “Teach girls, bravery not perfection,” has more than four million views and sparked a national conversation about how we’re raising our girls. This led her to write her 3rd book “Brave, Not Perfect”.

During our chat we discussed society’s impact on girls and what we could do differently. I asked Reshma for practical tools on how we ourselves could be braver. In fact, this was a great follow-on to the last When Women Win episode with Najla Al Midfa, which explored resilience: how can you build resilience unless you’re allowed to fail? And finally, we talked about coding and how it cultivates bravery in girls and gives them permission to be less than perfect.

To find out more about Reshma and purchase her book, please head to her website reshmasaujani.com.

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