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Have you ever heard of Grace Hopper? Yeah; neither had I until last Friday, when I attended a private screening of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, followed by a panel discussion that included the movie’s director Robin Hauser Reynolds and several tech experts, including Trading Technologies executive (and MarketsWiki Education contributor) Katie Burgoon. The 90-minute documentary explores the shortage of female software engineers in...

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It has been projected that by 2020, 1.4 million jobs will be available in the computer-related field. Less than 29 percent of those jobs will be filled by Americans, and less than 3 percent of the aforementioned 29 percent will be filled by women. And yet, we've all heard the news: Girls can do anything boys can do. "We bring girls home in pink blankets — boys in blue blankets," filmmaker Robin Hauser Reynolds said. "Then we make the...

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The Naples International Film Festival celebrates and showcases independent film and filmmakers in an intimate festival setting that livens and enriches the community, as well its cultural and artistic life. Code: Debugging the Gender Gap was one of the featured films in which guests were invited to partake in a one-on-one question and answer session with the filmmaker, Robin Hauser Reynolds, and local leaders who had a particular...

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Decoding the gender gap. In CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, a documentary about the dearth of female computer programmers, director Robin Hauser Reynolds tries to answer a simple question: Why does it matter who’s doing the coding, so long as the work gets done? She also learns that men are pretty horrible at making products for women. Fortune

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he White House recently appointed Megan Smith of Google as Chief Technology Officer. So, it’s hard to make a case that women are not represented in technology, jokes Jocelyn Goldfein, former director of Engineering at Facebook. Yet, there is clearly a shortage of women in technology companies. This summer, Google and Facebook reported how many female (technical) employees they have on staff: 17 percent and 15 percent. Before we start...

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SAN FRANCISCO – Like many parents, Robin Hauser Reynolds was spurred to action by her children. Specifically, a college-age daughter who had expressed a keen interest in computer science at Colgate University but suddenly was on the cusp of dropping the course. "She called me up saying, 'Mom, I'm one of only two girls in the class and the guys know so much more, I'm bailing,'" says Hauser. "She was very good at computer science. But...

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