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Debugging the High-Tech Industry’s Gender Gap

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Debugging the High-Tech Industry’s Gender Gap

Men continue to vastly outnumber women in computer science professions. According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), in 2014 women made up just 26% of the computing workforce. At the top of the corporate ladder, the picture is even bleaker: that same year, women held just 6% of chief information officer (CIO) positions. Even more striking is that despite the astronomical growth projected in technology industries — NCWIT estimates 1.2 million computing jobs will be available in 2022 — women's interest in studying computer science has declined. Women accounted for 37% of computer science bachelor's degrees in 1985 but only 18% in...

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INC – 10 Movies from 2015 That Every Entrepreneur Should Watch – Graham Winfrey December 16, 2015

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INC – 10 Movies from 2015 That Every Entrepreneur Should Watch – Graham Winfrey December 16, 2015

Code: Debugging the Gender Gap This documentary exposes some of the startling facts about how women have been marginalized in the U.S.'s male-dominated tech sector. The film argues that American popular culture is partly to blame for suggesting men are better than women at computer science.

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John Lothian News -CODE Red- Doug Ashburn November 24, 2015

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John Lothian News -CODE Red- Doug Ashburn November 24, 2015

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 the U.S. and abroad, and what can be done to narrow the gap.

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Naples Daily News – Business Class: Documentary filmmaker Robin Hauser Reynolds: What’s in it for US? – Randall Kenneth Jones N0vember 27, 2015

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Naples Daily News – Business Class: Documentary filmmaker Robin Hauser Reynolds: What’s in it for US? – Randall Kenneth Jones N0vember 27, 2015

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 assumptions that girls don't want to get dirty, play in the sandbox or play with...

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Naples Herald – Local Filmmaker Sheds Light on Comp. Science Gender Gap – Allie Taylor November 8, 2015

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Naples Herald – Local Filmmaker Sheds Light on Comp. Science Gender Gap – Allie Taylor November 8, 2015

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 interest in the film. Code pinpointed the key concept of why girls and minorities aren’t as prominent in the computer science and programming industry as boys, and how we see these issues in our own backyard of Southwest Florida. The film has been screened in various film festivals and universities nationwide, as well as at the White...

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Fortune – The Broadsheet: April 27 – Kristen Bellstorm April 27, 2015

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Fortune – The Broadsheet: April 27 – Kristen Bellstorm April 27, 2015

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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Forbes-Code Debugs The Gender Gap In Tech-by Esha Chhabra October 30, 2014

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Forbes-Code Debugs The Gender Gap In Tech-by Esha Chhabra October 30, 2014

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 blaming Silicon Valley for not hiring more women, consider this: only 18 percent of women graduate with a computer science degree in the US. If the talent pool is so slim, then how will companies be able to hire more female...

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USA Today – Women coders good for business, documentarian says – Marco della Cava – March 30, 2015

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USA Today – Women coders good for business, documentarian says – Marco della Cava – March 30, 2015

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 she now had the perception that she wasn't good."

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TED – 4 Reasons Why Talented Women Are Shut Out of the Tech World – Robin Hauser Reynolds June 17, 2015

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TED –  4 Reasons Why Talented Women Are Shut Out of the Tech World – Robin Hauser Reynolds June 17, 2015

We’ve all heard about the gender gap in tech. Women simply aren’t thriving in one of the most promising fields in the United States — and not for lack of talent. And here’s the truth: It’s not solely a problem for women. It’s a problem for men, too. In just five years, there will be a million unfilled computer science–related jobs in the United States, which according to our calculations could amount to a $500 billion opportunity cost. Tech companies are producing jobs three times faster than the U.S. is producing computer scientists. There are incredible opportunities here. We need women to help fill these jobs, and we need them now. The reasons why women and people of color are not pursuing computer science jobs are complicated. I’ve thought a lot about this over the past 16 months, as I’ve directed my documentary on the subject, Code: Debugging the Gender Gap, and I believe there are four main reasons women don’t thrive in tech. Here they...

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International Business Times – Debugging The Gender Gap: ‘Code’ Documentary Director Says Tech Still Failing Women – Salvador Rodriguez October 8, 2015

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International Business Times – Debugging The Gender Gap: ‘Code’ Documentary Director Says Tech Still Failing Women – Salvador Rodriguez October 8, 2015

Silicon Valley has been dealing with its diversity issues only for the past year and a half, but already, there is a documentary that chronicles the issue. Specifically, “Code: Debugging the Gender Gap” dives into the tech industry’s lack of women in coding roles. "Code," produced by filmmaker Robin Hauser Reynolds and former tech marketer Staci Hartman, premiered in April at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City and has since been screened at the White House, by several tech corporations including Microsoft, and was set to make its California premiere Friday at the Mill Valley Film...

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