The first Indian-American woman to run for Congress. She founded her tech organization in 2012 with the goal of teaching 1 million girls to code by 2020.
Her family is from India but she was born in Berwyn, Illinois.
– In 1973, Saujani’s parents found asylum in the U.S. after dictator Idi Amin threatened to expel or execute Indians and others of Asian descent from Uganda.
– They chose Illinois by throwing a dart on a map; it landed on Chicago.
– Growing up in the suburb of Schaumburg, Illinois, she felt like an odd girl out. “I didn’t have a lot of people who looked like me, and for a long time I felt like I wanted to be white; I wanted my name to be Rebecca; I wanted to fit in and belong,” she says. “I denied so much of who I was.”
– She is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law School.
– She’s been named one of Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders, Fortune’s 40 Under 40, a WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year, among many other recognitions.
– TO ME, AMERICA MEANS: “The land of opportunity. The country where I’ve always been able to dream big and fail even bigger. It’s where I left my job working in finance to run for Congress because I wanted to make a difference and help make people’s lives better. When I failed, it’s the place where I put hundreds of thousands of girls closer to ending the gender gap.”
From: Marie Claire
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