Why Capterra is Passionate About ‘Girls Who Code’

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“Coding is the language of the future.” -Reshma Saujani, founder, Girls Who Code

We believe software makes the world a better place. We really do.

It’s been a core belief of Capterra’s, since our founding back in 1999, that helping businesses find the right software for their needs helps them become more efficient and effective at what they do. At a base level, software performs time-consuming, tedious tasks quickly, allowing people to spend more time on things that are truly important. Contrary to a popular trope, software doesn’t “kill jobs,” it allows us to build upon what we were already able to do, to do more, to reach higher.

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Software is the future of business operations. Take a look the recent campaign GE launched, for example, to shake its reputation as solely a manufacturing business in favor of a business that intertwines coding and manufacturing. With more innovative software, we’ll be able to accomplish so much more. It’s important to us that organizations like Girls Who Code are inspiring more young people to pursue a career in computer science.

That’s just one of the many reasons why we’re passionate about Girls Who Code and the work they do: providing more young girls in the United States with the background, experience, and inspiration to pursue a career in computer science. The more developers and coders we have, the further we’ll be able to advance.

What We’re Doing

We’re spending December counting your software reviews. That’s because we’re donating $1 to Girls Who Code for every confirmed review left on Capterra throughout the month of December. Want to help contribute? Visit www.capterra.com/giving16 to start.

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Girls Who Code provides free, after-school coding clubs and summer immersion programs to middle and high school girls, teaching them the fundamentals of computer science and inspiring them to pursue a career in the field. Of the over 10,000 current Girls Who Code alumnae, 65% of the club participants and 90% of the immersion program participants are planning to pursue a degree in computer science. That’s not only awesome, it’s important to creating a competitive and viable workforce for the future.

While Girls Who Code currently provides courses for 40,000 girls throughout the United States, a donation expands these programs to teach even more girls, train additional volunteers and teachers, and develop new, world-class curricula.

Why We’re Doing It

According to the Girls Who Code website, “By 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs available in computing related fields. US graduates are on track to fill 29% of those jobs. Women are on track to fill just 3%.”

As a tech company, Capterra loves that Girls Who Code is inspiring more students to pursue computer science. But as a tech company that’s 55% female, we truly value that they’re working to close this skills gap in one of the currently most underserved demographics: teenage girls.  

“Don’t be afraid of failure. That’s not an easy lesson for teenagers – especially teenage girls – to learn. Our society sends us a lot of messages that imply we’re supposed to be ashamed when we fall short. But I think we should be throwing each other failure parties.”  

-Reshma Saujani, founder, Girls Who Code

This philosophy is a core part of Capterra’s culture. Fail, and fail fast.

We believe that all success comes with a healthy dose of failure. Why is it important to fail? Because failure means you tried something. It means you took action.

When you think about it, every time you try something new, one of two things happens: you learn from your success or you learn from your failure. Either way, you’re learning. And learning breeds growth.

The Capterra team has been known to say “let’s test it,” to every new idea that an employee brings up. “Test everything!” is something we occasionally yell in meetings. Testing, trying, and learning is how people and companies adapt. It’s how they grow and succeed.

But that growth mindset isn’t easy to find in young people entering the workforce. Many young people are taught to think statically–that there are two ways to do things–a right way, and a wrong way. For those people, fear of being wrong supersedes the opportunity to learn. The Girls Who Code team is working hard to break that mindset.

We love that ‘It’s okay to fail,’ is a huge part of the philosophy upon which Reshma founded Girls Who Code. It’s one of the most important areas where our beliefs align. And we love that she’s teaching that philosophy to young girls nationwide, inspiring them to pursue the things they want, even if they fail the first few times.

We hope you’ll join us in supporting Girls Who Code by leaving a review.

And if you’d rather skip the review and donate straight to Girls Who Code, we’re all about that too. Give an additional donation here.

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Dylan works on Public Relations, Social Media, and Brand Marketing at Capterra. He's a NJ native, DC resident, and graduate of the College of William and Mary. He enjoys live music and compelling stories, and has a casual interest in ekistics.

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