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HelloGiggles – These A+ toy companies have a noble goal: to abolish gender stereotypes for kids – Kinsey Lane Sullivan 4/20/2015

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HelloGiggles – These A+ toy companies have a noble goal: to abolish gender stereotypes for kids – Kinsey Lane Sullivan 4/20/2015

There’s a new documentary sweeping New York’s Tribeca Film Festival this week called Code: Debugging the Gender Gap. The film, directed by Robin Hauser Reynolds, examines why so few women and minorities have careers in computer science and finds that the answer, unsurprisingly, has a lot to do with the toys we played with as kids. To echo an article in US News,”CODE highlights that certain toys, such as the Barbie doll, do not encourage young girls to pursue math or computer science… it includes a 1992 clip of the Teen Talk Barbie Doll uttering ‘math class is tough’ and describes how in the book, Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer, originally published in 2010, Barbie’s computer becomes infected with a virus and she requires the help of two male characters to fix it.”...

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Polygon – Industry reps agree: Gaming’s association with masculinity affects coding’s gender gap – Susana Polo April 20, 2015

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Polygon – Industry reps agree: Gaming’s association with masculinity affects coding’s gender gap –  Susana Polo  April 20, 2015

Dcumentary film CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap had its world premiere this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, and while the film touched only lightly on the relationship between gaming's gender gap and coding's gender gap, creators and industry professionals agreed that the connection between the two is real in a panel discussion following the screening.

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CNN Money – Filmmaker: More women in tech in 80s than today – Robie Flores

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CNN Money – Filmmaker: More women in tech in 80s than today – Robie Flores

CODE documentary director tells us about the women that were written out of history.

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This Week In Tech – Interview with Robin Hauser Reynolds – April 20, 2015

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This Week In Tech – Interview with Robin Hauser Reynolds – April 20, 2015

Robin Hauser Reynolds talks about "CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap," a documentary which exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap. Guest: Robin Hauser Reynolds Download or subscribe to this show at twit.tv/tri. Thanks to Cachefly for the bandwidth for this show. Running time: 54:04 People: Leo Laporte

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CNN Money – Tech isn’t just for nerdy boys with glasses – Sara Ashley O’Brien

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CNN Money – Tech isn’t just for nerdy boys with glasses – Sara Ashley O’Brien

Tech's gender parity issues made a big screen debut at the Tribeca Film Festival. "CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap" is a 78-minute documentary that posits a big theme: The lack of women and minorities in computer science threatens our country's innovation and economy. That may sound grandiose, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that by 2020, 1 million computer science jobs could go unfilled because there won't be enough qualified computer science grads.

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U.S. News – ‘CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap’ Debuts at Tribeca Film Festival – Amy Golod April 20, 2015

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U.S. News – ‘CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap’ Debuts at Tribeca Film Festival – Amy Golod April 20, 2015

“CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap,” which debuted Sunday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, addresses reasons why so few women and minorities pursue computer science and how the technology sector does not always cultivate a culture attractive to or welcoming of women. In the film, interviews with young girls, college and university professors and administrators, historians and industry professionals are interspersed with animation, statistics and pop culture clips, bringing awareness to a global issue and demonstrating ways to close the gender gap and the digital...

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re code – Code Documentary Maker: This is a Rosie the Riveter Moment – Liz Gannes April 19, 2015

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re code – Code Documentary Maker: This is a Rosie the Riveter Moment – Liz Gannes April 19, 2015

The problem of a lack of women in technology runs deep. It can’t be easily fixed. But perhaps one way to step forward is to bundle together statistics, anecdotes, history and role models into a polished feature-length documentary. That’s the aim of “Code: Debugging the Gender Gap,” debuting today at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film places much of the blame for tech’s lack of female representation on self-fulfilling stereotypes that coders are anti-social dudes (and more recently, misogynistic brogrammers).

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Refinery29 – 5 Questions With The Director Of CODE: Debugging The Gender Gap – Christina Bonnington April 18, 2015

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Refinery29 – 5 Questions With The Director Of CODE: Debugging The Gender Gap – Christina Bonnington April 18, 2015

CODE: Debugging The Gender Gap isn’t a whiny film bemoaning the state of women in the technology industry. Debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival Sunday, CODE explores the reasons for the lack of diversity in computer science and then asks the question — what would society gain from having more women and minorities code?

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Film Forward – Documentaries | Tribeca CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap – Nora Lee Mandel – April 16, 2015

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Film Forward – Documentaries | Tribeca  CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap – Nora Lee Mandel – April 16, 2015

Barbie complaining about math, ex-Harvard president Lawrence Summers declaiming against women’s science abilities, and crudely sexist apps are familiar targets of criticism. But director Robin Hauser Reynolds goes beyond these well-known examples to explore how white male nerd stereotypes continue to negatively impact the lack of racial and gender diversity in the tech industry—let alone limiting the marketing potential to diverse consumers. Amidst the graphs of academic studies, most telling on screen are the pointed personal stories of girls and (young and older) women challenging attitudes in schools and the work place to triumph as software developers for start-ups and growing companies, such as Airbnb, Etsy, Pinterest, and Yelp. (Like the experiences recounted here, my niece, too, has been intimidated in high school and college comp sci classes by boys who have been coding since childhood—and she’s persisting into a career in...

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Diane von Furstenberg – Jessica Joffe’s Guide To The Tribeca Film Festival – April 16, 2015

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Diane von Furstenberg – Jessica Joffe’s Guide To The Tribeca Film Festival – April 16, 2015

Hot on the heals of the landmark Pao vs Kleiner verdict, and a few months following Gillian Jacobs’ illuminating short film about Grace Hopper – who helped build the world’s first computer at Harvard, the Mark 1, and invented the world’s first computer language, COBOL, comes the most comprehensive exploration into the dearth of women working professionally in the computer sciences. Here’s to a world where more than 19% of the workforce is female.

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