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The world has a problem getting -- and keeping -- girls in science, despite campaigns in various countries to raise awareness in schools and recruit students to tech companies. But recent research suggests children's parents could be the ones primarily perpetuating gender stereotypes in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Institution of Engineering and Technology, a professional British society, found that only 7...

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A new documentary by Robin Hauser Reynolds digs into the reasons the tech industry needs more female computer programmers. When film producer Robin Hauser Reynolds told her mother that she was making a documentary about the lack of female computer programmers, and her mother’s response was: Why does it matter who’s doing the coding, so long as the work gets done? That’s an important question. Anyone who follows the tech press knows...

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The documentary “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap” is a sweeping view of Silicon Valley’s gender disparity, but at the center of it is one simple question: Where are all the women in tech? While the tech industry has spent the past year wringing its hands over what to do about its dismal numbers of women, “CODE” director Robin Hauser Reynolds has been investigating the root of the problem, seeking out companies like Etsy that are...

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There is a lot of information out there right now about education and the problem of the “pipeline” when it comes to increasing diversity in tech. A growing number of people are talking about work culture and the kind of networks that connect candidates to jobs in a field that venerates “white, male nerds who’ve dropped out of Harvard or Stanford” at the expense of virtually everyone else. These are major steps forward from even four...

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“I didn’t want to make a film about complaining, I’m not a fan of it. But I realized there was a huge responsibility for me not being a woman in tech, that I had to do justice to what was really going on in the industry. That meant showing women happy in their space, women that weren’t happy that left, and showing that some women are there and are sort of suffering quietly. I think it’s just important to show all of it.” — Robin...

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