Girls Who Code founder delivers advice in Harvard speech

Raising strong, determined girls certainly takes work, but luckily, Reshma Saujani has the perfect advice for making that a reality.

According to Bustle, the Girls Who Code founder spoke at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s convocation and shared what she thinks it takes to raise strong and successful women.

“Success is a product of bravery, not perfection,” Saujani asserted, Bustle reports.

Explaining that there are differences in the ways girls and boys are brought up, Bustle says Saujani offered that “we train our boys to be brave, to throw caution to the wind, and follow their passions,” while we “train our girls to be perfect, to please, and play it safe, to follow the rules, and to always get straight As. The result? Girls are kicking butt in the classroom, but falling behind in the real world.”

Saujani shared her own story as proof, recounting her three applications to Yale Law School, says Bustle — a time when she constantly sought to perfect her resume instead of pursuing things that would make a difference, such as running for office or starting her nonprofit. It was bravery, she told the crowd, not perfection that “was the key that has unlocked every door that I have walked through since.”

Concluding her speech with a bit of advice, Bustle said Saujani cautioned the audience by saying, “Don’t let our girls play it safe. Don’t let them limit themselves to the thing they think they’re best at, or the thing they think they should do. Push them to be brave. Push them to take risks. Reward them for trying.”

Watch Saujani’s inspirational speech here.

Rihanna receives Humanitarian of the Year award

Make no mistake: Rihanna isn’t just a talented singer and fashion icon. She is also a major philanthropist, and now, Harvard University just made if official.

According to Glamour, the “Love on the Brain” singer stopped by the prestigious university in Cambridge, Mass. to receive the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year award on Tuesday, Feb. 28. In her acceptance speech, Glamour reports that Rihanna shared that she knew as a young child in Barbados that she wanted nothing more than to help others.

“I would say to myself, ‘You know, when I grow up, when I can get rich, [I’m going to] save kids all over the world,'” she said.

And she is certainly making a valiant effort: Glamour says she started her first charity, the Believe Foundation, at the age of 18 after striking success in the music industry, and from there, she went on to start the Clara Lionel Foundation, an organization named after her grandparents that supports and helps to fund “innovative and effective education and health programs around the world.”

Her speech also encouraged others to do what they can to make a difference around the world. Here are some of the highlights from Glamour’s reprinting of the speech:

I know that each and every one of you has the opportunity to help someone else. All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return. To me, that is a humanitarian.”

You don’t have to be rich to help somebody. You don’t gotta be famous. You don’t even have to be college-educated.”

“And today I want to challenge each of you to make a commitment to help one person: one organization, one situation that touches your heart. My grandmother always used to say, “If you’ve got a dollar, there’s plenty to share.”

Read Rihanna’s speech in its entirety here.