Why Women Should Jump the Line

Monday, October 07, 2013

Drawing on her own life, Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, former banker, NYC deputy public advocate, and the author of Women Who Don't Wait in Line: Break the Mold, Lead the Way (New Harvest, 2013) urges young women to "jump the line" and follow a new model for leadership.



Reshma Saujani

Comments [11]

Paul J. Bosco from Manhattan

God, she’s awful.

Women should learn about risk-taking and how to handle rejection. Fair enough. But they should learn from the men who harass them on the street? Really?

Poor Reshma ran an energetic, well-funded, UGLY campaign against Carolyn Maloney for Congress. She attacked the veteran Ms. M as “mediocre” while positioning herself as a pro-Wall Street Democrat. A Democrat Fox News could love.

She got 19% in the 2-person Dem primary. Most voters thought she was out of line, and maybe SHOULD have waited on it. (Some call that “paying your dues,” which Reshma’s idol Hillary could tell her about.)

A former hedge fund lawyer, she was hired by Public Advocate diBlasio, which many assumed was so she could help him score campaign donations from Wall Street. She kept the job for fewer months than that Alaska governor stuck it out.

Good of Brian to point out that she finished a distant third in the Public Advocate primary. Unfortunately, as facile as Reshma is at embracing failure, I guess we’ll get more chances to vote against her.

I will say that her notion of everyone having his or her own board of directors, while probably a bad idea, is interesting. An idea that actually could be one of those beneficial failures, if given a chance to play itself out. And what’s so great about having a default Board of Directors? (Your parents)

--Paul J. BNosco

Oct. 07 2013 10:13 PM
Rupa K from NJ

"Lori from NJ
What was the name of that group one of the callers mentioned? Something about BIG? Is there a website?"

It's BIG: Believe Inspire Grow

Oct. 07 2013 01:44 PM
Haim from NYC

Did you catch that line right at the end of the interview? The one about how we should make computer science mandatory education?
It's not just that Saujani thinks computer science is good for her, she thinks it is good for you, and she is going to make you do it.
Scratch a socialist, find a fascist.

Oct. 07 2013 11:56 AM
Amy from Manhattan

A lot of people, women & men, avoid risks because they don't have the economic resources to afford failure.

Oct. 07 2013 11:42 AM
Lori from NJ

What was the name of that group one of the callers mentioned? Something about BIG? Is there a website?

Oct. 07 2013 11:40 AM
antonio from baySide

I voted for her during the primaries; loved the fact she made such strides in regards to coding for women!
(I code too). Could she talk more about her findings in 'Women who code?'

Oct. 07 2013 11:38 AM
m from brooklyn

why is it ok for women to talk about delivering avoiding women and hiring women to build a women's network? what if blacks spoke like that or hispanics or indians - why is it ok and accepted for women to talk about this deliberate prejudice?

Oct. 07 2013 11:38 AM
zach mattheus from brooklyn

My wife was on a web series called Failure Club ( and it changed her life... great story.

Oct. 07 2013 11:35 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

"You know, the world has changed Brian...."

How profound! But I'd like to know when has the world not changed?


More of the navel-gazing generation, with more how-to live and recipes for
living. Irrelevant to the overwhelming majority of ordinary folks.

The corporate boardroom? Really??


Talking about the lessons you learned? How about how about talking about yourself?

Oct. 07 2013 11:34 AM
Brenda from Manhattan

Why can't there just be a law that forces men to work less at the office and do more at home?

Oct. 07 2013 11:33 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

I worked in hi tech alongside young female programmers and engineers in Israel during the 1980s. They were definitely a small minority, but there was no problem. It's when you marry a radical feminist, well that's very different.

Oct. 07 2013 11:26 AM

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