Breaking the Code

by on July 19, 2013

Ladies, we need you. Grab a chair, turn on the computer and start learning some coding. It’s a male dominated world of coding we live in (I’m sure Amanda can attest to that), but we are reaching a point where turning the tides could be monumental for the industry. At least, a bunch of optimistic Stanford students believe so. Ayna Agarwal and Ellora Israni of She++ recently presented at the DLDwomen conference in Munich, in hopes that their new documentary will be the catalyst to get more women to code.

The pair suggests that getting more women in the computer science industry will help solve the shortage of American computer science professionals. Case in point, according to the All Things D article —“women make up about 20 percent of computer science students. But if they were to make up 60 percent — as they do of the overall college enrollment — there would be almost twice as many computer science students graduating as there are currently.”

If you are a female college student OR perhaps a woman looking to re-establish her career in a new field, the forthcoming documentary may be worth a look. The full documentary will be available online Monday, July 22nd, but in the meantime, you can view the trailer here.

Happy coding ladies!

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