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Author: Reshma Saujani/Girls Who Code

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Get ready to leave perfect behind. Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, has run for office twice and failed. But exercising her bravery muscle led her to create a nonprofit that's reached 300,000 girls with its computer education programs and message of sisterhood. Join Reshma on her mission to show that being brave, not perfect, is the secret to changing the world.

The award-winning Brave, Not Perfect podcast, based on Reshma's internationally bestselling book, brings you interviews with changemakers with one thing in common. They decided it was better to be brave, not perfect.
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NASA Astronaut Christina Koch has an inspiring conversation with Reshma about how to avoid being held back by fear, the challenges and wonders of going to space, and the importance of sisterhood. Plus, Reshma interviews Jenna Arnold, an organizer of the National Women's March about her new book: Raising Our Hands: How White Women Can Stop Avoiding Hard Conversations, Start Accepting Responsibility, and Find Our Place on the New Frontlines. Follow Christina on Twitter: https://bit.ly/3chKGcI Follow Christina on Instagram: https://bit.ly/3cqSs4k Check out Raising Our Hands: https://www.jennaarnold.com/ Follow Jenna on Instagram: https://bit.ly/3cjV0kw --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bravenotperfect/message
Soledad O’Brien joins Reshma for a dynamic conversation about asking for  the things you need, navigating fraught workplace dynamics, and how to  bounce back after a disappointing setback. This  conversation is part of a speaker series for the Girl Who Code Summer  Immersion Program. You can follow Reshma on Twitter and Instagram  @ReshmaSaujani or join the Brave, Not Perfect Facebook group: https://bit.ly/2t5p41l Follow Soledad on Twitter: https://bit.ly/32O4Jvl Follow Soledad on Instagram: https://bit.ly/2Er8y1m --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bravenotperfect/message
Reshma sits down with her mentor, former Secretary of State and  Democratic nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton to discuss her career, what  she's learned along the way, and give advice to other ambitious women.  This  conversation is part of a speaker series for the Girl Who Code Summer  Immersion Program. You can follow Reshma on Twitter and Instagram  @ReshmaSaujani or join the Brave, Not Perfect Facebook group: https://bit.ly/2t5p41l Follow HRC on Twitter: https://bit.ly/3hjxnKG Follow HRC on Instagram: https://bit.ly/2Ymi24E --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bravenotperfect/message
On this week's episode, Reshma sits down with Dr. Jill Biden to talk about the challenges of virtual education, the teachers she admires going above and beyond for their students during the pandemic, and how much she loves the one-of-a-kind community you find in a classroom. This conversation is part of a speaker series for the Girl Who Code Summer Immersion Program. You can follow Reshma on twitter and instagram @ReshmaSaujani or join the Brave, Not Perfect Facebook group: https://bit.ly/2t5p41l Follow Dr. Jill Biden on Twitter: https://bit.ly/3gNLsjo Follow Dr. Jill Biden on Instagram: https://bit.ly/2XLFPL2 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bravenotperfect/message
It would be harder to be brave without the pioneers who came before and created more space for us to thrive. Reshma sits down with one such pioneer, Dr. Robbie Melton, to learn about her work with Apple to bring more coding and creativity resources to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, her passion for empowering young people to shape their world, and the barriers she faced as a Black woman in her career. Learn more about the work Dr. Melton's doing with Apple: https://apple.co/2P2IOd4 Learn about Dr. Melton: https://www.robbiemelton.org/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bravenotperfect/message
It's hard to let go of perfection at this time where it often feels  like we have little control over our lives, but being kind to yourself  is even more important during these difficult times. This week, Reshma  sits down with Melinda Gates of the Gates Foundation for a conversation  about being brave during a pandemic, diversity in tech, and standing up for increased access to birth control. This conversation  is part of a speaker series for the Girl Who Code Summer Immersion  Program. You can follow Reshma on twitter and instagram @ReshmaSaujani  or join the Brave, Not Perfect Facebook group: https://bit.ly/2t5p41l Melinda's Twitter: https://bit.ly/3foKSrq Melinda's Instagram: https://bit.ly/2OjVb42 The Gates Foundation: https://www.gatesfoundation.org/ The Moment of Lift: https://bit.ly/2DDP9JI --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bravenotperfect/message
Brave, Not Perfect is sharing an episode from Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller this week highlighting a young climate activist fighting to save our planet. Isha Clarke is an activist with Youth vs Apocalypse. You may know her from a viral video where she asked Senator Dianne Feinstein to move the Green New Deal forward; she helped organize the youth Climate Strike in San Francisco that attracted 30,000 students, during the international "week of action" when Greta Thurnberg sailed to America. She is a high school student working every day to reverse the climate crisis because as she says..." we have this power and responsibility to make this radical change. And I hope that everyone listening will get involved and know that they have the power to do something." Listen and subscribe to Inflection Point: https://apple.co/38I6dK9 Follow Inflection Point on Twitter: https://bit.ly/2NZmArV Read the transcript for the interview: https://bit.ly/2Z1DEDW Learn more about Youth vs. Apocalypse: http://youthvsapocalypse.org/ Follow Youth vs Apocalypse on Twitter: https://bit.ly/3iDjk3u --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bravenotperfect/message
We can all rise higher by lifting each other up and developing relationships where we invest in and support one another. This week, Reshma talks with Bozoma Saint John about the importance of sisterhood. The two discuss important moments when sisterhood supported them, how the values of sisterhood are being used to signal boost the voices of Black women during this critical moment, and making space for themselves as women of color. This conversation is part of a speaker series for the Girl Who Code Summer Immersion Program. Bozoma's Twitter: https://twitter.com/badassboz Bozoma's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/badassboz/?hl=en NowThis feature of the conversation: https://twitter.com/nowthisnews/status/1275421600062615552?s=20 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bravenotperfect/message
What does it mean to be an anti-racist parent? And what can we do to teach our kids to commit to the fight against systematic racism? Reshma sits down with activist and fashion entrepreneur Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs to talk about committing to bringing anti-racist practices into our homes and teaching them to the next generation. Support the Black Lives Matter movement: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/, https://blacklivesmatter.com/ Tabitha's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tabithastb Tabitha's Twitter: https://twitter.com/tabithastb Women's March Defund the Police Resources: https://womensmarch.com/defundpolice Tabitha's "From Christian Cooper to George Floyd: A Letter to White Parents" in Romper: https://www.romper.com/p/from-christian-cooper-to-george-floyd-a-letter-to-white-parents-22940751 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bravenotperfect/message
Loving ourselves when the world tells us to hate so many parts of ourselves is a radical act. In this episode, Reshma sits down with writer and disability advocate Keah Brown to discuss her journey to falling in love with herself. Keah, author of The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me, opens up about creating the #DisabledAndCute hashtag, learning to love parts of herself through pop culture, and being a bi icon. The Pretty One: https://keahbrown.com/pretty-one/ Read More of Keah's work: https://keahbrown.com/ Keah's Twitter: https://bit.ly/2yTfpOf Keah's Instagram: https://bit.ly/2AwMe44 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bravenotperfect/message
It's time to let go of shame and put yourself first. In this episode, Reshma sits down with actor and activist Jameela Jamil for a conversation about the movement against shame, setting boundaries to protect yourself, and the power of sharing your story with the world.  Content Notice: In this episode Jameela mentions recovering from an eating disorder and attempting suicide. For support, you can call the National Eating Disorders Association Helping at (800) 931-2237 Monday-Thursday from 11AM to 9PM ET, and Friday from 11AM to 5PM ET. You can also text the crisis text line at 24/7 at 741-741. I Weigh with Jameela Jamil: https://apple.co/2LyrJG5 Jameela's Twitter: https://bit.ly/3dWCJtp Jameela's Instagram: https://bit.ly/3dOMwkP I Weigh Website: https://iweighcommunity.com/ I Weigh Instagram: https://bit.ly/2WYiuUX --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bravenotperfect/message
Vote for Brave, Not Perfect in The Webby Awards! bit.ly/BNPWEBBYS In this episode, Reshma has a conversation with Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg  about what it means to be a spiritual leader on the internet, what poop  has to do with faith, and fighting back against sexism that's entrenched  in so many religious traditions. : Plus,  Reshma answers the questions you've been sending in at the end of the  show. You can tell Reshma your Brave, Not Perfect story or ask her a  question by calling 347-76-BRAVE or sending an email to bravenotperfect@girlswhocode.com. Follow Reshma on Twitter and Instagram under @ReshmaSaujani or join the Brave, Not Perfect Facebook group: https://bit.ly/2t5p41l Check out Rabbi Danya's books: https://danyaruttenberg.net/books Check out Rabbi Danya's books: https://danyaruttenberg.net/books --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bravenotperfect/message
Help Brave, Not Perfect win Best Lifestyle Podcast in The Webby Awards by casting your vote now! https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2020/podcasts/general-series/lifestyle --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bravenotperfect/message
Reshma has an honest conversation about brave and innovative leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic with Dr. Tarika Barrett, Chief Operating Officer of Girls Who Code. How does the organization support girls during the crisis? Why is virtual learning far from an ideal solution? How is the organization showing bravery and adapting in this crisis? Plus, Reshma talks to GWC alumni KaYesu Machayo about running a Girls Who Code College Loop—a club for college girls interested in computer science. This is a challenging time for organizations like Girls Who Code. Please consider making a donation here (https://www.classy.org/give/77372/#!/donation/checkout). Your gift ensures we can continue supporting our girls and their families during this difficult time. You can tell Reshma your Brave, Not Perfect story or ask her a question by calling 347-76-BRAVE or sending an email to bravenotperfect@girlswhocode.com. Plus, you can follow her on twitter and instagram @ReshmaSaujani or join the Brave, Not Perfect Facebook group: https://bit.ly/2t5p41l --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bravenotperfect/message
Reshma sits down with one of her personal heroes, Cecile Richards, for a compelling conversation about women's political power in this episode of Brave, Not Perfect. Cecile opens up about the bravery of stepping down as head of Planned Parenthood, co-founding Supermajority to empower women, and making lasting change in a system that was set up to keep women out. The pair also discuss the power women have in the upcoming 2020 elections, finding joy through changing the world, and self-care. Plus, Reshma answers the questions you've been sending in at the end of the show. You can tell Reshma your Brave, Not Perfect story or ask her a question by calling 347-76-BRAVE or sending an email to bravenotperfect@girlswhocode.com. Plus, you can follow her on twitter and instagram @ReshmaSaujani or join the Brave, Not Perfect Facebook group: https://bit.ly/2t5p41l Supermajority: https://supermajority.com/ Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead (book): https://bit.ly/34esaOx Follow Cecile on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CecileRichards Follow Cecile on Instagram: https://bit.ly/2XaDslr --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bravenotperfect/message
On this week’s episode, Reshma sits down with comedian Cameron Esposito to talk bravery and relationships. They confront staying true to who you are, where embarrassment really comes from, and the challenges of marginalized relationships. Plus, Reshma answers the questions you've been sending in at the end of the show. You can tell Reshma your Brave, Not Perfect story or ask her a question by calling 347-76-BRAVE or sending an email to bravenotperfect@girlswhocode.com. Plus, you can follow her on twitter and instagram @ReshmaSaujani or join the Brave, Not Perfect Facebook group: https://bit.ly/2t5p41l Queery (podcast): https://bit.ly/2xg5CRd Rape Jokes (standup special): https://bit.ly/2QEYg0i  Save Yourself (memoir): https://bit.ly/2Uefowg Follow Cameron's instagram: https://bit.ly/2UtcHWk Follow Cameron on Twitter: https://bit.ly/3aeslvv --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bravenotperfect/message
Are you ready to get brave about your fitness and health? Reshma gets real with Jessamyn Stanley, a body-positivity advocate and yoga teacher.  They discuss yoga, cultural appropriation, why body positivity isn't  enough, and overcoming shame about their bodies. Plus, Reshma answers the questions you've been sending in at the end of the show. You can tell Reshma your Brave, Not Perfect story or ask her a question by calling 347-76-BRAVE or sending an email to bravenotperfect@girlswhocode.com. Plus, you can follow her on twitter and instagram @ReshmaSaujani or join the Brave, Not Perfect Facebook group: https://bit.ly/2t5p41l Dear Jessamyn (podcast): https://apple.co/2QgzgfR Everybody Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body (book): https://bit.ly/39DRT4X Follow Jessamyn's instagram: https://bit.ly/2W0ncmq Follow Jessamyn on Twitter: https://bit.ly/2TOs3EF --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bravenotperfect/message
Have you been putting off taking care of your mental health? Then Reshma wants you to get brave and do something to change that. This week, she has a heart to heart with the one and only Karine Jean-Pierre, author of the new book Moving Forward. Karine opens up about her own struggles with mental health, how she found the support she needed, and how being an immigrant affected that journey. (If you or a loved one needs support, you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text 741-741 for the Crisis Text Line.)  Reshma also answers your questions about bravery and mental health at the end of the show. You can tell Reshma your Brave, Not Perfect story or ask her a question by calling 347-76-BRAVE or sending an email to bravenotperfect@girlswhocode.com. Plus, you can follow her on twitter and instagram @ReshmaSaujani or join the Brave, Not Perfect Facebook group: https://bit.ly/2t5p41l Check out Karine's new book, Moving Forward: https://bit.ly/2uVrkcs Karine's Twitter: https://bit.ly/2VeUXzZ Karine Instagram: https://bit.ly/39VMLsm --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bravenotperfect/message
This week, Reshma gets personal about her struggles with fertility and the sisterhood she found through surrogacy. She has a moving conversation with Amber, the woman who gave birth to her newborn baby. The two discuss how their lives have changed, misconceptions about surrogacy and their journey together.  Reshma is currently fighting to legalize gestational surrogacy in New York, a priority Governor Andrew Cuomo shares. If you live in New York, she would be extremely grateful if you emailed your state representative to support the Child-Parent Security Act. If you're on social media, Reshma would also appreciate if you showed support on social media with the hashtag #LoveMakesAFamilyNY. You can tell Reshma your Brave, Not Perfect story or ask her a question by calling 347-76-BRAVE or sending an email to bravenotperfect@girlswhocode.com. Plus, you can follow her on twitter and instagram @ReshmaSaujani or join the Brave, Not Perfect Facebook group: https://bit.ly/2t5p41l Learn more about the effort to legalize gestational surrogacy: https://www.modernfamiliescoalition.com/ Read more about Reshma's fertility journey: https://bit.ly/31sILg4 See pics of Reshma's new baby, Sai: https://bit.ly/397NCpC --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bravenotperfect/message
Ready to brave up your parenting? Reshma sits down with Shannon Watts, a mother of five and founder of Moms Demand Action, for a conversation about the challenges of being a good parent while you're busy fighting for positive change in the world—and how to overcome them. Shannon, who's been called the NRA's worst nightmare, shares why letting go of perfect is so important to making the biggest possible impact, her secret to getting the most relaxing bubble bath, and what the latest research says about how shooter drills are affecting kids across the country. Reshma also answers your questions about bravery and parenting at the end of the show. You can tell Reshma your Brave, Not Perfect story or ask her a question by calling 347-76-BRAVE or sending an email to bravenotperfect@girlswhocode.com. Plus, you can follow her on twitter and instagram @ReshmaSaujani or join the Brave, Not Perfect Facebook group: https://bit.ly/2t5p41l Follow Shannon on Twitter: https://bit.ly/2sOBzhA Follow Shannon on Instagram: https://bit.ly/2NNBn9A Learn more about Moms Demand Action: https://momsdemandaction.org/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bravenotperfect/message
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