Girls Who Code announced the release of the organization’s debut digital visual album, Sisterh>>d, elevating a growing movement of girls fighting for change in their communities and calling on girls around the world to join them. The album is available at girlswhocode.com/sisterhood.
“Girls Who Code has always been about more than leading the fight to close the gender gap in tech. We’re a movement, and above all: a Sisterhood,” said Girls Who Code founder and CEO Reshma Saujani. “We embarked on this project for our girls—who we already know are capable of changing the world. This album is designed to remind them that they are not alone; they have a Sisterhood behind them—for support, laughter, and celebration—while they pursue that change.”
Throughout history, and even more so in recent years, girls across the country and around the world have become the faces of transformative social movements. But this generation of girls are some of the most diverse, open-minded, and civically engaged in our history.
Sisterh>>d explores different components of their journey—how they build together, rise together and create change together—as a sisterhood. Album tracks include:
- Anthem, the centerpiece track, brings together Club Mickey Mouse’s first rapper Regan Aliyah, Nigerian-American rapper Chika, singer/songwriter/producer Tiffany Gouché, and Girls Who Code alumni to reimagine one of the most arresting activist anthems of all-time, “Ooh Child,” with new lyrics for a new generation of changemakers. The track was produced by DJ Khalil and the video directed by award-winning director Kathryn Ferguson.
- Healing, featuring vocals by powerhouse hip hop vocalist and BET Her Award nominee Lizzo, appearances by electronic music artist and activist Madame Gandhi and Seattle’s Northside Step Team – this track emphasizes the power of sisterhood to heal and empower.
- Ode, featuring conversations about activism between musicians, organizers, artists, and leaders that span generations and nations – including former President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards, Founder of non-profit PERIOD.org Nadya Okamoto, Grammy Award-winning Beninese singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo, and transgender activist and Constituency Labour Party women’s officer Lily Madigan.
- On Being, featuring intimate audio interviews with young women about girlhood and sisterhood set to stunning illustrations by Ashley Lukashevsky. Audio interviews feature Elyse Fox, founder of Sad Girls Club; Natalia Ramirez, undocumented activist and Girls Who Code alum; Rayouf Alhumedhi, creator of the hijab emoji; transgender activist Trinity Neal, and more.
- ASMRism, featuring critically-acclaimed comedians performing ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) tutorials on the activities you need to be a community organizer. Comedians featured include Aparna Nancherla – named one of Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Funniest People Right Now; former SNL cast member Sasheer Zamata; The Big Sick’s Mitra Jouhari; and Bad Teacher’s Caitlin Kimball.
On International Day of the Girl, October 11th, Girls Who Code asked people around the world to raise their hand for #sisterhood by writing a cause they are passionate about on their hands and posting to social media tagging @girlswhocode and #sisterhood. TikTok supported the campaign as a global video partner, with Girls Who Code inviting people around the world to post a 15-second video asking others to join the #raiseyourhand challenge on the platform.
In developing the album, Girls Who Code sought input from an Advisory Council of 50 girls from around the world in addition to an advisory board of influential women in entertainment, non-profit, tech, and more.
The album was produced with generous support from AT&T and the Craig Newmark Philanthropies.
Watch the album and keep up with Girls Who Code here: