A Failed Political Career Was the Best Thing to Happen to Girls Who Code's Reshma Saujani
"Failure can put you on a journey you never would have dreamed about."
The thing that really got Reshma Saujani to where she is today isn't the degree from Harvard or Yale or the august law firms dotting her resume. It's losing a political race—two of them, actually.
"If I never lost my first race, I never would have started Girls Who Code. When I lost my second race, for public advocate, I ran on a platform to get computer science education into every single New York City school," she told ELLE.com as part of the site's partnership with Activia's "It Starts Inside" program. "When I lost, I said, fine, I'm going to do it anyway, and I have. We've taught tens of thousands of girls. We've now taught more girls to code than any public school system. We did it."