Let’s Code, Girls!

Did you know that the gender gap in computing has actually been getting worse since the 1980s? In 1984, 37% of all computer science graduates were women. Now women make up just 18% of graduates.*

By 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs available in computing related fields. US graduates are on track to fill 29% of those jobs, yet women are on track to fill just 3%.*

Did you know that some of the major pioneers in computer technology were women? Think: Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper, among others.

We were surprised to learn these facts when Reshma Saujani came to the Penguin Young Readers office to talk about the nonprofit organization she founded, Girls Who Code, and introduce the new publishing program between Girls Who Code and Penguin Young Readers. Girls Who Code is dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. The organization aims to reverse stereotypes that can be detrimental to girls about who becomes coders, encourages girls to strive to be brave rather than perfect, and provides entry points to coding and the computer sciences.

We’re delighted to be releasing two audiobooks with Girls Who Code:

*Statistics can be found at: