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Bloomberg – Girl Code, A big documentary on Silicon Valley’s sexism problem – Claire Suddath May 14, 2015

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Bloomberg – Girl Code, A big documentary on Silicon Valley’s sexism problem – Claire Suddath May 14, 2015

There’s a scene in Code: Debugging the Gender Gap in which two twentysomething male software designers present their satirical app to hundreds of developers at a 2013 hackathon sponsored by the website TechCrunch. “Titstare is an app where you take photos of yourself staring at tits,” announces David Boulton, one of the designers. He says this is fun because, while men enjoy staring at breasts, “women just aren’t that warm to it.” As he talks, a cartoon of a woman slapping a man flashes on the screen behind him. Some bros...

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The Washington Post – 11 questions for Robin Hauser Reynolds, director of the CODE documentary – Marie Elizabeth Oliver May 12, 2015

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The Washington Post – 11 questions for Robin Hauser Reynolds, director of the CODE documentary – Marie Elizabeth Oliver May 12, 2015

Director Robin Hauser Reynolds’s CODE documentary explores the lack of diversity in tech, despite the growing number of jobs. Here she sits down with Marie Elizabeth Oliver, an editor at PowerToFly, a new start-up focused on getting more women back in tech through remote work.  Through interviews with experts in science, education and psychology, Reynolds hopes to inspire change and “debug the reasons behind the gender gap and digital divide.” CODE debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival and has plans for Netflix and educational...

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NBC News – Delivering Sustained Value and Strong Shareholder Returns – Julianne Pepitone May 7, 2015

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NBC News – Delivering Sustained Value and Strong Shareholder Returns – Julianne Pepitone May 7, 2015

From Google to Facebook, the nation's biggest tech companies are dealing with the fact that their work forces look a lot alike -- white and overwhelmingly male. But the problems for girls start in grade schools, some say, well before future innovators arrive in places like Silicon Valley. One determined band of Los Angeles educators thinks it has an answer: a girls-only public school that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math -- designed to boost girls' flagging performance in those "STEM" subjects compared to their male...

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TechRepublic – Debugging the gender gap: New documentary explores the complicated matter of the lack of women in tech – Erin Carson May 6, 2015

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TechRepublic – Debugging the gender gap: New documentary explores the complicated matter of the lack of women in tech – Erin Carson May 6, 2015

Filmmaker Robin Hauser Reynolds saw a seemingly simple situation that didn't make sense: there are tons of open tech jobs, and the promise of good jobs right out of college, but so few women are employed in those jobs. When she and the team behind the new documentary CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, an official selection at the Tribeca Film Festival, started exploring it, she quickly realized it's a complicated issue

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Film Journal – Summing Up Tribeca 2015: Downtown New York festival offers many discoveries – Doris Toumarkine May 4, 2015

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Film Journal – Summing Up Tribeca 2015: Downtown New York festival offers many discoveries – Doris Toumarkine May 4, 2015

"Polished, entertaining and informative, Code is mainly a trove of impressive women and articulate voices addressing an important issue." Docs, too, were high-quality and of special note, including Code: Debugging the Gender Gap, director/producer Robin Hauser Reynolds’ entertaining examination of why so few women and minorities are working as coders and software engineers and what factors make them hesitant to enter so lucrative and happening a field. The doc is immensely helped by the many talking heads the filmmaker corralled (Walter Isaacson, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, a number offemale academics and college presidents helping explain the hurdles, and many bright and impressive grads new to the field are among those speaking out). A dip into computer history enriches the subject, as do beautiful graphics and the film’s mission to get more women into coding. Polished, entertaining and informative, Code is mainly a trove of impressive women and articulate voices addressing an important...

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Mandel Maven’s Nest Lilith Watch: Guide to Jewish Women in Film

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Code: Debugging The Gender Gap (previewed at 2015 Tribeca Film Festival) (So, nu: Though not mentioned in the film, Walter Isaacson notes in passing in The Innovators that two of the original ”Women of ENIAC”, then referred to as “the ENIAC girls”, were Jewish, Marilyn Wescoff (Meltzer) and Ruth Licterman (Teitelbaum), who were recruited to the WW2-era project by Adele Goldstine (and rediscovered by Kathy Kleiman, programmer/lawyer who I’m not sure is Jewish). Their legacy adds history to the several women programmers interviewed in the film who may be Jewish, and if they were so identified would add nuance to the image of Mark Zuckerberg as the the Silicon Valley Jew. Was the Lois Mandel who wrote the prescient “The Computer Girls” article in Cosmopolitan, April 1967, a relative?)...

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Inc. – One Woman’s Quest to Expose ‘Brogrammers’ and Sexism in Tech – Zoe Henry April 23, 2015

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Inc. – One Woman’s Quest to Expose ‘Brogrammers’ and Sexism in Tech – Zoe Henry April 23, 2015

The big problem with trying to eliminate discrimination? The people with the problem are precisely the ones who don't--or won't--recognize it as a problem. Rooting out sexism in tech is a prime example, as one documentary filmmaker learned. The film CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday, succeeds in getting all kinds of women to discuss the issue but the testimonials from men are few and far between.

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marie claire – This Awesome New Documentary Is Tackling Sexism in the Tech Industry Head-On – Lane Florsheim April 23, 2015

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marie claire – This Awesome New Documentary Is Tackling Sexism in the Tech Industry Head-On – Lane Florsheim April 23, 2015

If you're thinking about the tech industry's gender problem, the first people who come to mind *probably* aren't toddlers. (Bear with me here.) Well, a new documentary called CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap premiered at this month's Tribeca Film Festival, and it masterfully deconstructs the ways women are shut out of the tech world—pretty much starting at birth. Consider, for example, how little girls are traditionally given dolls and other toys found in the "pink" aisle while many toys for boys promote machine learning and problem...

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The Credits – Tribeca Recap: CODE Looks at the Lack of Women in Computer Science

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The Credits – Tribeca Recap: CODE Looks at the Lack of Women in Computer Science

Why is there such a dearth of women in computer science and other high-tech fields? Director/producer Robin Hauser Reynolds searches for the answers in CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, which made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Two years ago Reynolds received a call from her daughter, who had become so discouraged by her male-dominated computer science classes at college (she was one of only two female students), she decided to drop her CS major, even though she had been earning good grades. When Reynolds then learned of a White House study projecting one million unfilled computer science jobs by 2020, she grew curious about how the industry was attracting and advocating for women. She joined forces with producer Staci Hartman, a veteran marketer in tech who herself had a daughter working in the industry, and beginning in December 2013 spent the next 14 months examining the field’s prevailing cultural mindsets, stereotypes, sexism and educational...

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BBC – CODE- Gareth Mitchell

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BBC – CODE- Gareth Mitchell

Code is a film by Robin Hauser Reynolds about the under-representation of women in technology, and what can be done about it. Back in the 1960s programming was advertised as a good profession for women to enter. In the USA the number of women coding rose and rose to a peak in the 1980s of 40%. Since then it has steadily declined to less than 20%. Click discusses with Robin Hauser Reynolds the reason for this decline and how can it be reversed?

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