On Tuesday, I saw Code: Debugging the Gender Gap, which I've wanted to see for months. It's a film that addresses the gender disparity in tech. The film was hosted by Spotify (& Skillshare?) and registered for it through the always wonderful Women Who Code.
It was a great film. It started out with two girls talking, one saying why there was no difference between boys and girls when it comes to math - which I think is a brilliant way to start. Many inspiring women were interviewed, the founder of Girls who Code, Black Girls Code, and Code for Progress. I never knew about Code for Progress before this film. It was created by a Hispanic woman, it's based in DC and it addresses the lack of people of color in technology by pairing them with mentors and training them in code for five months.
They interviewed this amazingly energetic woman who was an animator. She graduated from Harvard with a degree in computer science then combined that with her love for art. She explains that with code you can do anything (I completely agree). You can always take code and combine it with something else you love. I really can't think of a topic I love that cannot be combined and/or ameliorated with code. Education and travel were the first two topics that came to mind for me when she mentioned that (this may be the reason why I'm obsessed with news about companies such as AirBnB, AltSchool, and Hotel Tonight). Back to this animator who works at Pixar - she goes on to explain how code is used in the movie Brave. Code is used to get the bounce in the main character's hair. I couldn't help but think that it is absolutely INSANE how code is behind the most intricate of things.
It went on to mention an instance when there not being diversity resulted in the death. DEATH. It was when a car manufacturing company began to install air bags into cars and due to the fact that only men were on the development team the airbags were made by and for men - what did that result in? The death of women and children. That was a shocker to me.
On a more positive note they also talked about women being the pioneers of computer science and the decline of women in the computer science in the 80s. They mentioned Ada Lovelace, and talked about the rise of 'Computer Girls' in the 50s and 60s. Check this article out!
It was also so funny to see how people viewed computers back then, I think at one point in a clip from a video from the 50/60s a man said something along the lines of him "not being able to see the need for more than 50 computers." Hilarious.
There was so much information in this documentary. I hate to sound cheesy, but it was both inspiring and informational. I'm going to see Code again in two weeks. I'll update this post with details I may have forgotten to include.