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The gender gap in tech is real and doesn't seem to be getting much better. In 1985, 37 percent of computer science bachelor degrees went to women; by 2013, that number dropped to 18 percent. And despite the fact that computer science is a rapidly growing field, few high schools prioritize teaching even the basics, and few women graduate from college ready to embark on a career in the tech industry.

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am constantly amazed at the enormous strides made in science, technology, engineering and math. And yet, as some of TWE’s interviews showcase, STEM jobs and opportunities seem to elude young women and people of color. I just saw the documentary CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap by award-winning documentary film director Robin Hauser Reynolds (@Rubie226) that not only illustrates the reasons for this disparity but initiates ideas to...

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It's not every day that you get to watch a film on the banks of the L.A. River or at a Food Co-Op in Pasadena or the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. But it's not every day that the Ambulante Documentary Film Festival rolls into town. For three weeks, beginning Sept. 19, Ambulante will screen films on topics as varied as Latin boogaloo and Haitian machete fencing, in locations  around Los Angeles and beyond.

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Robin Hauser Reynolds describes her daughter as a good student, a strong athlete and a confident young woman. So she was surprised when her daughter called home her sophomore year, sounding insecure about one of her classes — computer science. “She’s a strong woman, and she would call home saying, ‘Mom, I so don’t belong here,’” Hauser Reynolds said. "‘The men here know so much more about it.’” It wasn’t just that all the male...

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