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Code: Debugging the Gender Gap

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Docu cites bias against girls in tech; some coarse language.

Movie NR 2015 80 minutes
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This documentary does its best to avoid presenting a monotonous collection of talking heads warning about the dangers of shutting women and minorities out of the tech industry. In that effort, tinkly music plays as statistics and facts appear on screen. Animated segments depict workplace bias. But there is no getting around those talking heads. Fortunately most are articulate and interesting, including professors, code writers, teachers, entrepreneurs, and smart, engaged girls who are excited about writing programs for their phones and computers. Code: Debugging the Gender Gap does a good job explaining why the lack of diversity matters. There were no women on the engineering teams that tested automobile airbags. The bags were therefore designed to protect people of the size and weight of the men who designed them. The result was that early airbags killed smaller people -- women and children. Diversity, the movie suggests, saves lives.

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