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SFGate – Mill Valley’s feast of film – David Lewis Oct 5, 2015

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SFGate – Mill Valley’s feast of film – David Lewis Oct 5, 2015

CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap: This comprehensive, illuminating documentary explores the rampant sexism of the high-tech industry with surgical precision. But Robin Hauser Reynolds’ film keeps a positive focus: It shows us numerous stories of Silicon Valley women who have succeeded in the male-dominated information technology industry, and we see programs that are helping not only young women, but also young people of color. The film makes a convincing case that the lack of these folks in high tech is a threat to our economy and to the Silicon Valley dream itself. Bring your impressionable kids. 6 p.m., Oct. 9, Sequoia; 3:30 p.m., Oct. 14, Rafael; 2 p.m., Oct. 17, Throckmorton; 79 minutes, United...

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Silicon Valley Business Journal – Documentary addressing tech gender gap debuts in the Bay Area (Video) – Angela Swartz October 6, 2015

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Silicon Valley Business Journal – Documentary addressing tech gender gap debuts in the Bay Area (Video)  – Angela Swartz October 6, 2015

Movements like #ILookLikeAnEngineer and the #LikeAGirl campaign have highlighted the gender gap in science, technology and engineering careers in the U.S. and a new documentary, premiering in the Bay Area this week, is highlighting the issue further. “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap,” 79-minute documentary that explores the lack of American female and minority software engineers, makes its way to the Mill Valley Film Festival on Friday, Oct. 9.

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Media Planet – The Next Generation: More Women At The Tech Table – Ishani Nath October 1, 2015

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Media Planet – The Next Generation: More Women At The Tech Table – Ishani Nath October 1, 2015

echnology is rapidly evolving, but the low number of women in computer science and engineering remains stagnant and experts say that this could have major implications for the future. “Computing is at the heart of everything,” says Dr. Telle Whitney, CEO of the Anita Borg Institute and co-founder of Grace Hopper Celebration. “To be missing half the population is a significant loss to our world.” In 2014, women made up only 22 percent of the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and computer science (STEM) workforce. The number of Canadian women working in STEM fields has barely changed in the past three...

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Marin IJ – MVFF38: Tiburon documentary filmmaker debugs tech’s gender gap in ‘Code’ – Vicki Larson September 30, 2015

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Marin IJ – MVFF38: Tiburon documentary filmmaker debugs tech’s gender gap in ‘Code’ – Vicki Larson September 30, 2015

Robin Hauser Reynolds was close to finishing her latest documentary on the lack of women in the tech industry when a brouhaha erupted over a just-released Barbie book, “I Can Be a Computer Engineer.” In the book, geared for girls 3 to 7 years old, Barbie is working on a video game, but announces she needs the help of boys “to turn it into a real game.”

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The New Yorker – “CODE” and the Quest for Inclusive Software – Vauhini Vara April 19, 2015

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The New Yorker – “CODE” and the Quest for Inclusive Software – Vauhini Vara April 19, 2015

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 home a couple of times and said, ‘Hey, Mom, I’m so bad at this, this is horrible, I hate it.’ And meanwhile I’d seen a bunch of newspaper articles that said, ‘Hey, if you want a job out of college, you should study computer science,’” Reynolds recalled. She began seriously contemplating a question that has occupied Silicon Valley executives for the past couple of years: Why aren’t there more female programmers in the U.S., and what can be done about...

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The Atlantic – When Women Code – Shirley Li April 22, 2015

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The Atlantic – When Women Code – Shirley Li April 22, 2015

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 move fast and break things.

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Fast Company – Debugging The Gender Gap: This Movie With A Mission Seeks To Inspire Women In Tech – Ainsley O’Connell April 24, 2015

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Fast Company – Debugging The Gender Gap: This Movie With A Mission Seeks To Inspire Women In Tech – Ainsley O’Connell April 24, 2015

"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 surprise that just 0.5% of the college degrees awarded each year in the United States go to women majoring in computer science. After they graduate and enter the workforce, women’s representation in technology declines even...

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Reuters – US tech industry needs women, must interest them at school – Maria Caspiani May5, 2015

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Reuters – US tech industry needs women, must interest them at school – Maria Caspiani May5, 2015

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 an industry dominated by white men. "I didn't see many of the women around me get into this (field), so I felt like I didn't really need this," Malik, 31, told the Thomson Reuters...

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Cosmopolitan – This Documentary Wants to Change the Landscape for Women in Tech – Jill Filipovic April 22, 2015

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Cosmopolitan – This Documentary Wants to Change the Landscape for Women in Tech – Jill Filipovic April 22, 2015

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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The Women’s Eye – Interview: Director Robin Hauser Reynolds Says Delete The Gender Gap in Coding- Patricia Caso September 21, 2015

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The Women’s Eye – Interview: Director Robin Hauser Reynolds Says Delete The Gender Gap in Coding- Patricia Caso September 21, 2015

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 resolve job parity by employing the very people who are left out.

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