2013 The Root 100

Kimberly Bryant seeks to close a gender gap by introducing thousands of black girls to computer programming.

  • Influence: 183.0
  • Reach: 10.59
  • Substance: 7.5
  • Media Mentions: 38
  • Internet Mentions: 85900
  • Twitter Followers: 11601
  • Kimberly Bryant

  • Founder of organization that introduces young black women to computer programming and entrepreneurship.
  • Job: Engineer, philanthropist
  • Sector: STEM
  • Twitter: @6Gems
  • Location: San Francisco
  • Age: 45
  • Bio: The glory of being the first black female Mark Zuckerberg is up for grabs, and Kimberly Bryant is making sure that there will be enough girls to step lively over the digital divide. As founder of Black Girls Code, a nonprofit that introduces young women (ages 7-17) to computer programming languages with an emphasis on entrepreneurship, Bryant knows it's all about access -- and confidence. Black Girls Code serves nearly 2,000 students in the U.S. and South Africa, with more than 600 volunteers from the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) industries. For her efforts, the former electrical engineer in 2013 was named one of Business Insider's "25 Most Influential Blacks in Technology," and Black Girls Code received a Champion of Change award from the White House this summer.

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  • Fun Fact: Bryant played three instruments in middle school, but says she most enjoyed playing the bass drum in her elementary-school marching band.