CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap
Directed by Robin Hauser Reynolds
Starring Robin Hauser Reynolds
At a time in the United States when the tech sector outpaces the overall growth of the employment market, CODE asks the important question: Where are all the women?
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★★★½ review by Karl von Randow on Letterboxd
Watched as part of a special theatre screening organised by a friend. CODE is a good documentary about a subject matter that I'm particularly interested it. It is mostly talking heads, with a few break outs to other material.
I particularly enjoyed the piece about the development of car airbags not including women, with the impact that the design was not well suited to women (or children) and injuries and deaths resulted. It was a nice way to demonstrate the importance of diversity.
★★★★ review by netcaterpila on Letterboxd
★★★★ review by Noah Lindsey on Letterboxd
This documentary is about how women are treated and should be treated in the technical workforce. It addresses that we need more women in technical positions and how we can start doing that.
There is a wide variety of perspectives presented throughout the documentary, from male and female CEOs and co-founders to male and female students learning computer science for the first time. They talk about the current situation for women in the tech workforce and how underrepresented and mistreated they often are. However, there are several people and programs aimed at getting more women involved in computer science and engineering, among other STEM careers.
I think that this documentary does a really good job at addressing an important issue in technical careers and talks about how to solve the issue, which is to encourage more women into STEM careers and creating better environments to keep women in technical careers.
★★★½ review by George on Letterboxd
This is essentially a long-form video essay—an excellent one! But set your expectations accordingly: If you're looking for a compelling nonfiction story, this documentary will disappoint you. If you're looking to learn, and want to know why and how the gender (and racial) disparities in tech are important, this is a perfect introduction.
★★★½ review by Chris Campbell on Letterboxd
An interesting and important documentary looking at the role of women in programming while providing historical perspective and hope for the future.
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