Together, in sisterhood, we rise

Girls Who Code has always been about more than leading the fight to close the gender gap in tech. We’re a movement, and above all: a Sisterhood.

This International Day of the Girl, Girls Who Code produced a soundtrack to modern sisterhood with the digital album titled Sisterh>>d to remind girls that they are not alone; they have a Sisterhood behind them — for support, laughter, and celebration — while they change the world.

But, what is sisterhood? Some of the phenomenal women and girls behind the creation of Sisterh>>d shared what sisterhood means to them and raised their hands for causes they are passionate about:

Reshma Saujani, CEO and founder of Girls Who Code & Sisterh>>d Board member

Reshma Saujani

“To me, sisterhood is sticking with one another through thick and thin. It’s about celebrating together, laughing together, healing together, taking action together. Sisterhood is encouraging one another to be brave, not perfect.”

Yael Stone, actress & Sisterh>>d Board member

Yael Stone

“To me, the sisterhood values its gifts as earthborn, grit gravitated and mind mastered. It is vast and forward looking, while drawing on a past that we won’t deny. This sisterhood is no wet blanket. It’s no place to slouch into, it’s something to wake up and spark for. It wants the best from you and for you. When the sisterhood is healthy it has love and energy enough to imagine a wiser world for everyone.”

Madame Gandhi, music producer & featured on Sisterh>>d album

Madame Gandhi

“To me, sisterhood is about looking to the female archetype as inspiration for alternative forms of leadership. It is about valuing collaboration instead of competitiveness, emotional intelligence instead of brute force aggression and seeking to live in a world that is linked and not ranked.”

Ginny Suss, producer, activist & Executive Producer of Sisterh>>d

Ginny Suss

“To me, sisterhood is about community, an ecosystem of support, that values collaboration. The women in my life uplift, support, and comfort me. They build community, they share responsibility; they are a safety net when I am falling, and cheerleaders when I am rising. The sisterhood of leadership at Girls Who Code particularly struck me — the generosity of spirit, the teamwork led by passion not ego, the support for each other’s work and roles was truly inspiring.”

Havana, Girls Who Code Sisterh>>d Advisory Council

Havana

“To me, sisterhood is all about working together. One girl can make something amazing, but when girls work together, we change the world. For example, I started a book club for my choir. I raised money to donate books about strong black females who looked like us. Then I met Taylor Richardson (Astronaut Starbright) on Twitter. We both want to be astronauts when we grow up and she was also raising money to donate STEM books to girls. We decided to work together and raised $25,000 this past summer to go all the way to Accra, Ghana and deliver books to 17 amazing girls at the St. Bakhita orphanage. I believe one girl is powerful but a movement of girls is unstoppable.”

Haven, Girls Who Code Sisterh>>d Advisory Council

Haven

“To me, sisterhood is sticking together, having someone by your side no matter what. It’s giving strength to each other in one’s darkest time. The power behind a movement like this is, like Sisterh>>d, is based upon love and a hope that is infinite. We are rising, rising together and including EVERYONE. When we rise together we give hope and power to everyone we touch through the power in our words. One voice is a flash of light in a sea of darkness, but when we as sisters join together like this our light keeps going and reaches every girl in the world.

We are giving the next generation stepping stones to rise to a new height and era, one of equality and justice for ALL.

We need to let girls across the world know that there is some hope, that there are people like them fighting too. There are women everywhere doing something to influence change so that girls in every part of the world have the same opportunities as the boys. I want my sisters to know that our future is not as gloomy as it seems. There are adults and youth working hard right now to change the status quo, the how it’s always been, and any sister can be a part of that change. Not all change has to be a loud voice yelling into a microphone. It can be a proud whisper behind a computer screen, shouting her words into a text box. Everyone can change something and something is what we need to change. This is what sisterhood means to me.”

Brook, Girls Who Code Sisterh>>d Advisory Council

Brook

“To me, sisterhood means community. A community of those who identify as female who want to support and lift up other women, so we can all achieve more equality, equity, and excellence in a world where we are often left out of the narrative. For example, women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields have always existed but their accomplishments have often been pushed to the back burner in favor of their male counterparts. Especially for women of color. Only now are these stories starting to be told, and they need to be. I as a Native American engineering student have never had a role model or teacher who looked like me. For me, sisterhood means being that big sister to those girls who want to get involved with or just want to learn about STEM fields. Then supporting them through mentorship, networking, and friendship.”

KaYesu, Sisterh>>d board

KaYesu

“To me, sisterhood is an unbreakable bond transcending all cultures and borders. Our connection is universal. We are an intelligent and resilient community who encourage and challenge one another to realize our potential and grow. Sisterhood is belonging to a community of world-changers”.

Glory, Girls Who Code alumni & Girls Who Code Sisterh>>d Advisory Council

Glory

“Sisterhood is not a club that you have to apply for. It is not a position you have to interview for. It is not an elite society that lets few in. Sisterhood is a community of inclusion that is open to everyone. It is a community that fosters support, inspiration, and belief in one another. Sisterhood means to me reaching down, up, and across to one another. It is about helping out your peers, roommates, teammates and sisters. We are here to help each other through the coding problems, support one another through the times of failure, and believe that we can all change the world. Sisterhood is about collaboration, not competition. Sisterhood is power posing with your friend in the bathroom stall before her interview. Sisterhood is telling a girl on the streets of NYC she looks like a queen because her highlighter is on fleek. Sisterhood is reaching out to a girl in your calculus class and offering your help. We stick together through the highs and lows. Each one of us is invaluable. We are all in this together, and no one is alone. Together, we are so strong. Sisters, let me tell you, our future looks bright.”

Anna, 16, Girls Who Code alumni & Girls Who Code Sisterh>>d Advisory Council

Anna

“Sisterhood is a feeling that I have when I belong. It is a special, unbreakable bond I share with girls who are always there for me and lift me up. We may not be biologically related, but the unique bond we share is stronger than DNA sequences and truly makes us sisters. We empower each other to grow and prosper in all walks of life and support each other through thick and thin.

The sisterhood at Girls Who Code has allowed me to reach my full potential. I have learned to trust my instincts, value my intelligence, and refuse to be silenced. Being part of a community that is intergenerational and diverse allows for growth and continued positive social change. The guidance and support of my mentors have given me the confidence to blossom into an independent, young woman. I truly would not be where I am today if it were not for my sisters and the organization that brought us all together: Girls Who Code.”

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