Meet Reshma Saujani, the woman that 40,000 young girls look up to as a role model. Founder of Girls Who Code, Saujani has changed the landscape for girls in the United States. The program is building the largest pipeline of future female engineers in the United States by teaching them the fundamentals of coding and programming.

Saujani began her career as an attorney and activist. In 2010, she delved into the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. During the race, Saujani visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, which led her to start Girls Who Code. Starting with 20 girls in New York, Girls Who Code now has 40,000 girls in 50 states. This is the same number of girls who graduate each year with a degree in computer science.

“When girls learn to code, they become change agents in their communities. Whether it’s a game to illustrate the experience of an undocumented immigrant or a website to provide free college prep, our girls create technology that makes the world a better place. We believe in young girls’ unlimited potential and inspired many of them to see a future in tech,” states Saujani.

Saujani has also served as Deputy Public Advocate for New York City and ran a spirited campaign for Public Advocate in 2013.