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Robin Hauser Reynolds was close to finishing her latest documentary on the lack of women in the tech industry when a brouhaha erupted over a just-released Barbie book, “I Can Be a Computer Engineer.” In the book, geared for girls 3 to 7 years old, Barbie is working on a video game, but announces she needs the help of boys “to turn it into a real game.”

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A couple of years ago, Robin Hauser Reynolds, a filmmaker and photographer in the Bay Area, learned that her daughter, who had been taking computer-science classes, had decided that she wasn’t cut out to pursue computer science as a career. In one particular class, in which there were only a few female students, she felt that she didn’t fit in. She also perceived herself to be doing poorly, despite getting decent grades. “She called...

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Code builds things: websites, games, this story you're reading. But what code hasn't built, as the tech industry proves again and again, is gender parity among the coders themselves. That's the central issue in CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, a documentary that premiered this week at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film dives into why deep-seated cultural stereotypes have permeated an industry that's supposed to think different, to...

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"Never send a boy to do a woman’s job." That was Angelina Jolie, playing computer whiz Kate "Acid Burn" Libby, in Hackers, the 1995 cult classic. But in the two decades since the film’s release, "hacking" has become entrenched in popular culture as a largely masculine pursuit, best reserved for sunlight-shy nerds and brawny brogrammers. If you’re going to be a girl in that class you don’t want to do it alone. So perhaps it's no...

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NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - New York City programmer Bana Malik was passionate about computers and mathematics from an early age, a video games enthusiast and email user way before many of her male friends. But early in her studies at New York's Columbia University, Malik took a computer science class and felt out of place in such a male-dominated environment - a common experience for women and minorities seeking work in...

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