Documentary Delves into Lack of Diversity in Tech
'CODE' explores low percentage of women, minorities in computer science
A few women – such as Yahoo! president and CEO Marissa Mayer – have climbed to the high ranks of the tech industry, but there is still a long road to gender equality in the field, as the documentary CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap shows. In the 70-minute film, director Robin Hauser Reynolds explores tech industry demographics, probing why there are such low numbers of female computer engineers at tech and social media giants like Facebook, Twitter, Apple and Google.
Reynolds, a director, photographer and former stockbroker, became interested in the subject after her daughter got discouraged by her overwhelmingly male dominated computer science courses. Spurred on by other women’s inquiries into the subject, Reynolds spent months interviewing people at Bay Area tech firms. She cites Tracy Chou, a software engineer at Pinterest, as a source of inspiration.