Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke to young girls about why they should be “brave not perfect” as part of a Girls Who Code event.
“As someone who really felt like I had to be a perfectionist to do anything that I wanted to do, it really takes courage to let that go,” she explained. “And when you decide you wanna be just brave, it opens up way more possibilities than trying to be perfect ever does.”
Ocasio-Cortez joined the founder of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani, to watch presentations by girls who built apps that offer solutions for climate change and immigration. She discussed the power in giving young women a platform to share their ideas.
“There are so many areas and fields whether it’s tech or government, or anywhere else, where it feels like we can’t see too many people like us succeed,” she explained. “But that also creates an amazing opportunity where we can be that for somebody else.”
In 2012, Saujani created Girls Who Code, which works to close the gender gap in technology. A recent Girl Scouts study showed that 52% of girls are “digital leaders” striving to learn new tech skills.
Saujani says the first step is having the courage to take risks and conquer self-doubt.
“We’re able. We’re capable. But we tell ourselves that we can’t and we shouldn’t, and we wouldn’t,” she stated. “And that’s why I’m trying to inspire a ‘brave not perfect’ revolution.”