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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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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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