Being the Next Generation Role Model

This is my answer to Barnard’s second supplement question: Pick one woman in history or fiction to converse with for an hour and explain your choice. What would you talk about? (100-250 words).

Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code, awed me when I first met her at Fashion Institute of Technology. Originally a politician who became the first Indian American woman to run for Congress, Mrs. Saujani had no technological skills to create an organization about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (“STEM”). And yet she did it.

Despite the obstacles she faced in Congress, she still strived for success and did not let it stop her from believing in herself, making her the perfect role model for young women. If I had a chance to speak with her, I would ask “how can Girls Who Code alumnae move us all forward?” What can young women today do to aid Mrs. Saujani’s mission of helping girls change the world?

As an alumna of Girls Who Code, I am a strong advocate for young women, like myself, to pursue STEM careers. As the President of National Honor Society at my school, I want my peers to experience the power of learning and mentorship. I was extremely fortunate to have experienced this empowerment from my teachers, mentors, and fellow sisters at Girls Who Code. I want to create a similar network at my high school. Because my intentions are very similar to those of Mrs. Saujani’s, I would ask for any advice she may have in this campaign. After all, we both believe girls should not be afraid of gender barriers in STEM careers because women can make many outstanding contributions to this field.

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