What will it take to close tech's gender gap? | KALW

What will it take to close tech's gender gap?

Oct 13, 2015


Tech jobs are growing faster than colleges can award computer science degrees. A Microsoft report states that in less than ten years, there will be one million available computing jobs in the U.S. How many of those jobs will be filled by women? As of now, not many. 

The National Center for Education Statistics reports that women made up just 18 percent of undergraduate computer science majors in 2010-2011. And when tech companies released their diversity numbers last year - women made up 29 percent of the workforce, on average. Bay Area Documentary filmmaker Robin Hauser Reynolds considers this digital divide in her new film CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap. KALW’s Angela Johnston spoke with Reynolds about what she found.

ROBIN HAUSER REYNOLDS: The whole culture around working as a women in computer science engineering is not a comfortable place for women, so women drop out of computer science engineering at a much greater rate than men do.

CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap will be showing at the Mill Valley Film Festival this Saturday, October 17 at 2pm.

To listen to the full interview, click on the audio player above.