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This Woman Could Change Everything You Believe About Tech

SuperWoman_LandingPage_KimberyBryant_FINALPhotographed by Amy Harrity; Designed by Gabriela Alford.
In innovation-driven fields where entrepreneurial spirit reigns supreme, you tend to find two kinds of people: the ones who dream of changing the landscape, and the ones who actually do it. Kimberly Bryant, well, she’s a doer. The founder of Black Girls Code, an ambitious nonprofit that aims to tackle the racial and gender disparities in tech fields, she’s unwilling to accept the status quo. Unacceptable to Bryant: the fact that women still comprise only 26% of the workforce in STEM fields, and that Google and Yahoo’s female representation clock in well below 35%, and worse still, that Black women and men make up only 2% of each of those companies’ workforces. To combat that, she’s looking to arm young minorities — 20,000 in the next year — with the skills and knowledge they need to consider tech careers as an option. She’s quite literally teaching Black girls to write code — and challenging many of the notions of what success in Silicon Valley should look like in the process. And, she’s only just getting started.
In just a few short years since founding BGC in 2011, Bryant has launched seven U.S. chapters and one South Africa outpost and reached upwards of 3,000 girls. She’s banking on the power of early education, and hoping to change the future of tech by making it accessible and appealing to children at an early age. And, while we still may be lightyears from where we need to get, in terms of equal representation in STEM fields, she strongly believes that this investment in education and development can get us there over the course of the next generation.
In conversation, Bryant makes her passion and ambition clear; her eyes light up as she details her lofty expansion plans and the power of the confidence she sees her students gain as they complete the program. Ahead, she talks openly and honestly about the current state of tech, the difference between consuming and creating, Black Girls Code’s ambitions for the upcoming years, and what she does when she needs to step away from glowing screens.
Her Superwoman cape firmly affixed to her shoulders, this woman is blazing a path for the next generation that could completely change the landscape of tech — for the better, smarter, and much more inclusive.

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