“CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap” Documentary

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Robin Hauser Reynolds decided to direct and produce CODE one day in 2013 when her college-age daughter said she no longer wanted to study computer science. As one of only two women in her first class, she felt that she was not good enough, even though her grades suggested otherwise.

There will be a shortfall of 1 million computer science jobs in the U.S. alone by 2020. Including the currently mostly excluded half of the population is key to filling these jobs, but why aren’t more women joining the industry?

CODE, an official selection of the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and winner of best documentary feature at the 2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival, among other awards, seeks to uncover the reasons why girls and other marginalized groups like people of color are not getting involved in computer science. The documentary includes interviews with experts from fields from technology to psychology, animations, and elements of pop culture to highlight how “cultural mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles and sexism all play roles in this national crisis.” The film includes interviews with employees from companies like Google, Facebook, Yelp, Twiter, Pinterest and Pandora.

CODE’s goal is to “inspire change in mindsets, in the educational system, in startup culture and in the way women see themselves in the field of coding.” The Director says, “Professor Claude Steele says it takes about a generation to change a stereotype. As director of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, I hope to inspire our audience to begin that change. Change in the way our school system values computer science education; change in the way we think of a programmer; change in the way women and people of color view themselves in the tech field.”

Visit their website for more information about the film including the trailer, information about screenings, and other resources.

Source: CODE Documentary