Robin Hauser Reynolds is not the your typical director at the Flickers: Rhode Island Film Festival this weekend. A businesswoman by trade, Reynolds turned to documentary filmmaking after a social issue hit close to home. When her daughter, then a first year computer science major at Colgate University, called home to say she planned to drop out of the computer science program, Reynolds noticed that the gender gap in the technology industry is too big to be ignored.
She decided to create CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, a feature-length documentary about women’s role in the technology industry. The film debuted in April at the Tribeca film festival, and it is coming to Providence this weekend to foster discussions on inequality, gender and technology.
“She was somewhat discouraged in some of her classes and it was the first time that she had felt that in her academic career. There was no support system,” Reynolds says of her daughter. CODE is an exploration of the lack of support and gender bias experienced by female computer engineers in school and in the workplace. Reynolds identifies the most significant tech industry roadblock to gender parity as the stereotype of the computer engineer as a white, male “nerd.” Women and people of color, she says, lack role models in the industry.
Tickets for CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap
Metcalf Auditorium – RISD Museum, Chace Center
20 North Main Street Providence, Saturday August 8 2:30pm
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