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Get ready to leave perfect behind. Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, has run for office twice and failed. But exercising her bravery muscle led her to create a nonprofit that's reached 185,000 girls with its computer education programs and message of sisterhood. Join Reshma on her mission to show that being brave, not perfect, is the secret to changing the world.

The award-winning Brave, Not Perfect podcast, based on Reshma's internationally bestselling book, brings you interviews with changemakers with one thing in common. They decided it was better to be brave, not perfect.

Brave, Not Perfect with Reshma Saujani Reshma Saujani/Girls Who Code

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Get ready to leave perfect behind. Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, has run for office twice and failed. But exercising her bravery muscle led her to create a nonprofit that's reached 185,000 girls with its computer education programs and message of sisterhood. Join Reshma on her mission to show that being brave, not perfect, is the secret to changing the world.

The award-winning Brave, Not Perfect podcast, based on Reshma's internationally bestselling book, brings you interviews with changemakers with one thing in common. They decided it was better to be brave, not perfect.

    The Sisterhood of Surrogacy

    The Sisterhood of Surrogacy

    This week, Reshma gets personal about her struggles with fertility and the sisterhood she found through surrogacy. She has a moving conversation with Amber, the woman who gave birth to her newborn baby. The two discuss how their lives have changed, misconceptions about surrogacy and their journey together. 

    Reshma is currently fighting to legalize gestational surrogacy in New York, a priority Governor Andrew Cuomo shares. If you live in New York, she would be extremely grateful if your emailed your state representative to support the Child-Parent Security Act. If you're on social media, Reshma would also appreciate if you showed support on social media with the hashtag #LoveMakesAFamilyNY.

    You can tell Reshma your Brave, Not Perfect story or ask her a question by calling 347-76-BRAVE or sending an email to bravenotperfect@gmail.com. Plus, you can follow her on twitter and instagram @ReshmaSaujani or join the Brave, Not Perfect Facebook group: https://bit.ly/2t5p41l

    Learn more about the effort to legalize gestational surrogacy: https://www.modernfamiliescoalition.com/
    Read more about Reshma's fertility journey: https://bit.ly/31sILg4
    See pics of Reshma's new baby, Sai: https://bit.ly/397NCpC


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    Brave Parenting From The NRA’s Worst Nightmare (ft. Shannon Watts)

    Brave Parenting From The NRA’s Worst Nightmare (ft. Shannon Watts)

    Ready to brave up your parenting? Reshma sits down with Shannon Watts, a mother of five and founder of Moms Demand Action, for a conversation about the challenges of being a good parent while you're busy fighting for positive change in the world—and how to overcome them. Shannon, who's been called the NRA's worst nightmare, shares why letting go of perfect is so important to making the biggest possible impact, her secret to getting the most relaxing bubble bath, and what the latest research says about how shooter drills are affecting kids across the country.

    Reshma also answers your questions about bravery and parenting at the end of the show. You can tell Reshma your Brave, Not Perfect story or ask her a question by calling 347-76-BRAVE or sending an email to bravenotperfect@gmail.com. Plus, you can follow her on twitter and instagram @ReshmaSaujani or join the Brave, Not Perfect Facebook group: https://bit.ly/2t5p41l

    Follow Shannon on Twitter: https://bit.ly/2sOBzhA

    Follow Shannon on Instagram: https://bit.ly/2NNBn9A

    Learn more about Moms Demand Action: https://momsdemandaction.org/


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    • 34 min
    Bring Your Bravest Self To Work (ft. the hosts of Battle Tactics For Your Sexist Workplace)

    Bring Your Bravest Self To Work (ft. the hosts of Battle Tactics For Your Sexist Workplace)

    Let's start the new decade off right and start getting brave at work! The hosts of the podcast Battle Tactics for Your Sexist Workplace are armed and ready with tips for you and some stories of their own. Eula Scott Bynoe and Jeannie Yandel join Reshma for a candid discussion about what's next after their show got cut at a public radio station, who gets to be brave and authentic at work, and how to train yourself to get past that imposter syndrome.

    Plus, the three of them answer the questions you've been sending in. You can tell Reshma your Brave, Not Perfect story or ask her a question by calling 347-76-BRAVE or sending an email to bravenotperfect@gmail.com. Plus, you can follow her on twitter and instagram @ReshmaSaujani or join the Brave, Not Perfect Facebook group: https://bit.ly/2t5p41l

    Subscribe and listen to Battle Tactics For Your Sexist Workplace: https://apple.co/2R53LEX
    Join the Battle Tactics For Your Sexist Workplace Facebook group: https://bit.ly/2tRCIFb
    Follow Eula and Jeannie on Twitter: @EulaScottBynoe, @jeannieyandel


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    • 31 min
    Brave, Not Perfect returns Tuesday, January 14!

    Brave, Not Perfect returns Tuesday, January 14!

    It’s a new decade, and Reshma wants to help you start it off right—this is the year to leave perfection behind and get brave! Every other Tuesday, Reshma’s coming to you with an episode about what bravery means in different aspects of your life like love, work and health. Coming up this year, she has fabulous conversations with Cecile Richards, Shannon Watts, Jameela Jamil, and so many other incredible women. Plus, Reshma gives advice to listeners like you. Submit your questions to bravenotperfect@girlswhocode.com.

    Keep up with us on social by following @ReshmaSaujani on Instagram and Twitter—and be sure to check out the Brave, Not Perfect Facebook group.


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    Just Start (ft. Sarah McBride)

    Just Start (ft. Sarah McBride)

    As women, we're taught to get everything lined up perfectly before we reach for that big dream or take the next step. But sometimes, just going for it is the secret to success. It's time to let go of what's holding you back and just start. Reshma reveals her big dream she's been scared to admit even to herself and takes one small step towards it. Plus, she's got a bravery challenge for you. You can tell Reshma your Brave, Not Perfect story or ask her a question by calling 347-76-BRAVE. Plus, you can follow her on twitter and instagram @ReshmaSaujani.

    Guests: Sarah McBride, the first openly transgender person to speak at a major political party convention and candidate for state senate in Delaware, gives Reshma advice about pursuing her big dream and discusses the fight for transgender equality. Plus, Gaby and Jenelle Acosta, hosts of The Way We Lead podcast, share their brave, not perfect story.

    Sarah McBride's Twitter: https://bit.ly/2lyhKHp

    Sarah McBride's DNC Speech: https://bit.ly/2lUjrii

    The Way We Lead podcast: https://www.thewaywelead.com/


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    • 34 min
    Ask the Dumb Question (ft. Dr. Joy Bradford & Yamani Hernandez)

    Ask the Dumb Question (ft. Dr. Joy Bradford & Yamani Hernandez)

    Do you worry about sounding dumb so you avoid asking questions or speaking up in meetings? Do you write down what you want to say, or go over and over it in your head? This week Reshma explores how that starts when we're young girls and keeps us from taking up space when we grow up. Plus, she gives you a bravery challenge so you can start to speak up for yourself in those moments that's really matter. You can tell Reshma your Brave, Not Perfect story or ask her a question by calling 347-76-BRAVE. Plus, you can follow her on twitter and instagram @ReshmaSaujani.

    Guests: Dr. Joy Bradford, host of the Therapy for Black Girls Podcast, talks to Reshma about unique obstacles women of color face when it comes to bravery and perfection. Yamani Hernandez, Executive Director of the National Network of Abortion Funds, get personal and discusses standing up for yourself in those moments that really matter and how the medical establishment is gaslighting women.


    Therapy for Black Girls: https://www.therapyforblackgirls.com
    National Network of Abortion Funds: https://abortionfunds.org/


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