Digital divide: debugging the gender gap

Code is a new feature-length documentary that explores what society would gain from having more women code.

CODE is a new documentary that delves into the subject of gender in the digital world, specifically the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and the reasons for it. And, in preparation for the docu's release, the CODE team has released this informative and engaging teaser trailer.

Earlier this year, the San Jose Mercury News reported that "US universities will graduate about 400,000 computer scientists between 2010 and 2020, a decade during which 1.4 million US computing jobs will open up, leaving a gap of about a million computing jobs".

So why, despite the high demand for coders and lucrative job opportunties are women not pursuing careers in computer science? CODE looks at this in detail, covering various contributing factors, including cultural stereotypes, lack of role models, sexism, limited access to computer science education.

For more information, visit the CODE website.


Kerrie Hughes is associate editor at Creative Bloq. Her employment at Future Publishing began in January 2010 as staff writer for 3D World magazine. Since then, she's written regularly for other publications, including ImagineFX and Computer Arts magazines.