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‘I will be continuing to get engaged in politics’

Reshma SaujaniReshma Tells the Runner


Reshma Saujani is a popular politician and public advocate in USA. She is a devoted fellow of Hillary Clinton in USA politics. Reshma is a popular louder voice in American politics from the South Asian.

Interview was taken by Dima Nefartity, the executive editor of The Runner News ( the first bilingual news weekly for the South Asian in New York). The interview was published on the Runner news on 29th January 2015.

Reshma Saujani is an Indian-American lawyer and politician. She is the first South Asian women to run for the US Congress. A former Deputy Public Advocate of New York City, Reshma is also the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code. Launched in spring 2012, Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sector. With the support from public and private partners Girls who Code works to educate, inspire and equip high school girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in computing field. Reshma believes Girls Who Code is more than just a program, it’s a movement. Reshma is also the author of the book named ‘Women Who Don’t Wait in Line: Break the Mold, Lead the Way. With the vibrant leadership and quality contributions to her society, Reshma has become the true icon of women empowerment and strong voice of the South Asian American in the United States. Recently, Runner talked to Reshma at her office on her future agendas and Reshma conveyed her messages of solidary with the South Asian Community in New York through The Runner News. We are delighted to share the interview with our valuable readers excerpted from our conversation with Reshma:

Runner: Reshma, we are truly delighted to get your time for The Runner News in spite of your busy schedule. Please tell us who are your heroes and why?

Reshma Saujani: Thanks to The Runner News too. Hilary Clinton is my hero. She has been a huge supporter and a mentor of mine. And, my heroes are the girls of my program. I am a CEO and founder of an organization called Girls Who Code which trains teen age girls had a computer program and get them jobs in a technical field. So we have three thousand girls across the country and they are horribly inspirational. They are the peoples who are in my life, are my hero.

Executive Editor Dima Nefartity talks with Reshma Saujani. (Runner)

Reshma SaujaniRunner: What is your message to the South Asian Community?

Reshma: So many messages (smile). I have been working very closely with the South Asian Community to get them involved in political process. I am the first South Asian woman in USA Congress to run and so I really think it is very important for us as a community to get engaged in the political process to go for vote, to run for office, immigration a huge issues for me. In my community we have so many kids who are undocumented, we need to make sure that we continue to provide them support as well as education accordingly. My family came here as refugee, and education was so important for me. I wouldn’t been here today, if I wouldn’t get chance to go to law school and graduate school. So, those are the things I am very focused on.

Runner: What are your future plans?

Reshma: Well, right now I am very focused on my organization which are training girls in computer program. Many other girls are South Asian. I am in continued women empowerment movement. I am author of a book called ‘Women Who Don’t Wait in Line: Break the Mold, Lead the Way’. So I speak across the country on these issues and I am very passionate about the local political process, so I will be continuing to get engaged in politics and myself as well as to get other people to run.

Runner: Please tell something about the IDNYC program of New York City.

Reshma: I am proud that our city is working on these issues. I think it’s very important to make sure that all the people have access to a uniformed identification.

Runner: Do you have any message for the Runner’s readers?

Reshma: Yes, off course. I am very excited to be here today to speak to the Runner news and so happy that the Runner News is focused on these important issues and in making sure that the community is very active. It is truly wonderful to be with the Runner News which bringing voice to the South Asian community and educating people on issues affecting the Bangladeshi community here in the United States.

Runner: Thank you Reshma for giving us your precious time.

Reshma: Thanks to The Runner News and the readers, too.

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