When everything is political, you guarantee you alienate half your audience.
I think Ms. Saujani would be better off taking an example from Mike Rowe’s mikeroweWORKS Foundation: he is a man with a singular focus, and if you support his cause, he will happily take your help.
And yes, there are a lot of people who have gotten mad at Mike Rowe over the years because he has had supporters from both sides of the political aisle–from Bill Maher and Bill O’Reilly.
But if your cause is more important than the current political landscape, you’ll engage with anyone who supports your cause.
I see this as a serious problem, because it paints the entire movement trying to encourage girls to write software as one with a political agenda outside its immediate goal of encouraging girls.
And it implies that if we are not in the correct political circles, we cannot support girls who write software.