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Go back to kindergarten   It’s essential that computer science is introduced in early childhood education.  Studies show that girls and boys have an equal interest in computers at an early age - before cultural mindsets and stereotype work their way into the psyche of young girls.  By introducing computer science in K- 8th grade classrooms and making CS mandatory in high school, girls will develop a comfort and familiarity with...

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‘CODE’ explores low percentage of women, minorities in computer science A few women – such as Yahoo! president and CEO Marissa Mayer – have climbed to the high ranks of the tech industry, but there is still a long road to gender equality in the field, as the documentary CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap shows. In the 70-minute film, director Robin Hauser Reynolds explores tech industry demographics, probing why there are such low numbers...

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Posted on Aug 15, 2014

CODE documentary exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap.  CODE raises the question: what would society gain from having more women and minorities code?...

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Before the recent wave of big technology companies releasing diversity data, there was a one-woman effort by Tracy Chou, a software engineer at the social bookmarking website Pinterest. She issued a call last fall for hard numbers showing how many women engineers worked at tech companies. That is data that tech companies had kept under wraps despite requests from media and pundits, but Chou got the ball rolling herself by posting...

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The TechCrunch Disrupt conference now underway in San Francisco is arguably the most important annual gathering for tech startups. It's also a notoriously hostile environment for women, as made clear by last year's conference, whose hackathon produced an app called "Titstare," which let the user "take photos of yourself staring at tits," not to mention "Circle Shake," an app that measures how fast guys can masturbate. The TC Disrupt...

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