Refinery29: The Founder Of Girls Who Code Wants Women To Lose (& Win)

By Leah Carroll

The Founder Of Girls Who Code Wants Women To Lose (& Win)

By Leah Carroll

Reshma Saujani, the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, will be the first to tell you that her first big success was technically a failure. In 2010, Saujani hit pause on a successful career in law and finance to run for incumbent Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s seat in Congress.
“I ran the hardest kind of race of my life and I lost famously. Miserably,” Saujani recently told Refinery29. “When you run for political office, everybody knows that you lose. You can’t hide it.”
But instead of letting the loss define her negatively, she used it to her advantage. “It didn’t break me and I was shocked that it didn’t break me. It was the beginning of this eye-opening revelation that I can build a bravery muscle and that being brave actually brings you joy,” she says.