Andrea “Andy” Gonzales is a computer programmer, feminist, and captivating public speaker. When Andy was 16, she created Tampon Run, a video game to destigmatize menstruation, with Sophie Houser at a Girls Who Code summer program in 2014. Tampon Run went viral, hurling them into a whirlwind journey of press requests, interviews, and attention from media outlets, the public, and the tech world. In March 2017, Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done (HarperCollins), in which Gonzales co-authored with Houser, debuted.
Girl Code shares Gonzales and Houser’s journey from average teens to powerhouses. Through the success of their video game, they got unprecedented access to some of the biggest start-ups and tech companies, and now they’re sharing what they’ve seen. Their video game and their commitment to inspiring young women have been covered by the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, CNN, Teen Vogue, Jezebel, the Today show, and many more. Girl Code encourages teen girls to find their voice, speak up and learn code.
Gonzales and Houser won a People’s Voice Webby Award and a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award in 2015 for Tampon Run.
Through Gonzales’ book and her talks, she candidly discusses her journey with code, navigating the tech industry as a woman and first-generation immigrant, and deviating from expectations others set for her. Gonzales is a passionate advocate for the code literacy and encouraging more women and minorities to join the tech industry.
Currently she is a Robertson Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University, majoring in computer science and journalism with a concentration in interactive multimedia. In her spare time, Gonzales is a comic book, music, and video game enthusiast.
Praise for Girl Code:
“Brilliantly funny... Readers seeking a factual title about enterprising teens creating solutions to social problems will find Andrea and Sophie’s story inspirational”
--Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Tech-centered empowerment for those who feel voiceless.”
“[Andrea and Sophie’s] intelligence, humanity, creativity, seriousness of purpose, and humor will stick with readers, and inspire them.”
“Gonzales’s and Houser’s writing styles are conversational and work well to dispel the aura of inaccessibility that often surrounds works on technology… Inspiring and hopeful; a great addition to libraries with novice and expert coders alike”
--School Library Journal
“A good text to add to STEM shelves needing female-centered information.”
--Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)