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CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Family | 19 April 2015 (USA)
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Women and girls in computing science discuss the lack of diversity and gender equality in the industry and strategies to change this.

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Robin Hauser (as Robin Hauser Reynolds)
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Tracy Chou Tracy Chou ... Herself
Evelyn Cordner Evelyn Cordner ... Herself
Danielle Feinberg Danielle Feinberg ... Herself
Grace Hopper ... Herself (archive footage)
Julie Ann Horvath Julie Ann Horvath ... Herself
Walter Isaacson Walter Isaacson ... Himself
Maria Klawe Maria Klawe ... Herself
Courtney Nash Courtney Nash ... Herself
Aliya Rahman Aliya Rahman ... Herself
Megan Smith Megan Smith ... Herself
Claude Steele Claude Steele ... Himself
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CODE documentary exposes the dearth of female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap and digital divide. The film highlights breakthrough efforts that are producing more diverse programmers and shows how this critical gap can be closed. CODE asks: what would society gain from having more women and people of color code, and how do we get there?

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Some things right, basic premise is wrong.
31 January 2017 | by bryanw-71459See all my reviews

While the movie does discuss some problems that are real in some workplaces, it is not universal, and in many ways is not the issue the filmmakers want it to be. Interesting show to watch, but some of their reasoning is fundamentally flawed.

I agree with the film that abuses should be rooted out no matter where they are, but I have a hard time with the underlying premise that all industries and professions should be evenly populated by gender, race, culture, and other factors. Some jobs are more popular for different groups than others.

There are extreme work ratios for many industries. Programming happens to be one of them. Is it an issue that (according to the US Department of Labor) women make up 91.1% of the registered nurses? Or that women represent 81.8% of elementary school teachers? Or 94.1% of childcare workers? What about how 99.9% of bricklayers and stonemasons are male? Or 99.6% of drywall installers? Or 99.5% of fire fighters? Some fields are dominated by a particular gender and that isn't inherently a problem. Computer programming today is about 90% male, about on par with the number of nurses who are female.

If the producers were coming up with a series of documentaries that would be different. Is there one about the imbalance of female nurses to male nurses? Or the imbalance of female childcare workers to male childcare workers? Or the imbalance of male to female firefighters, or drywall installers? I don't think so.

It is absolutely true that some schools, businesses, chat rooms, and subcultures have horrible abusive environments, but this is true across all fields. There are auto shops and construction crew offices with dirty posters and magazines in the lobby or back office, others that are 'family friendly'. There are also many places where the reverse is true. On the opposite extreme, look at the scornful looks a man gets from all the women if he walks into a Victoria's Secret showroom. There is plenty of sexism to go around. It should be addressed in all industries, both male-dominated and female-dominated. Sexism in all industries should be rooted out.

Yes, let's encourage people (male and female) to take coding classes. Let's also encourage everyone (male and female) to take classes on child rearing and nursing, and on fire prevention and home repair. Not because any of the fields are gender-dominated, but because people could benefit from the knowledge.

It mostly is an entertaining documentary, but more than anything I walked away feeling angry at the producers trying to push the agenda.


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