Through compelling interviews, artistic animation and clever flashpoints in popular culture, CODE documentary examines the reasons why more girls and people of color are not seeking opportunities in computer science and explores how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles and sexism all play roles in this national crisis.
By 2020, there will be 1.4 million available jobs in the computer related field. Less than 29 percent will be filled by Americans, and less than 3 percent of that 29 percent are going to be women, according to the trailer.
“This is a Rosie the River moment, because the jobs are here and we don’t have the people to fill them,” one woman said in the trailer.
In this inspiring film, Director and Producer Robin Hauser Reynolds shares the stories of women in technology striving to bridge the gender gap, challenging the complacency of their work environments and encourage other women and girls to change the industry.
One morning in 2013, Reynolds got a phone call from her daughter in college, who said she intended to drop her computer science major because she was “bad at it” and “didn’t fit in.” Reynolds found out that “bad at it” meant only a B grade and her daughter was one of two women in a class of 25.
Together with Producer Staci Hartman, Reynolds set out to debug the reasons behind the gender gap and digital divide, learning that the underlying currents which dissuaded women and people of color from pursuing coding jobs and resulted in the dearth of minorities in tech, were systemic, pervasive, and complex. Mindsets, stereotypes, clogs in the educational pipeline, startup culture, lack of role models and sexism all play important roles in this mounting gender, ethnicity and economic issue.
Interview with Reynolds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBtxnbeicNs
SXSW interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5FiMdxPFZo