Women in Coding: What History Never Told Us | History and Technology Documentary

At a time when jobs in the tech sector are outpacing growth in all other sectors, where are all the women? Some of the most important pioneer coders were women but today, only 15% of software engineers in Silicon Valley are. This lack of diversity can have serious consequences – as was the case with airbags, designed by and modelled on men and often fatal to women, whose smaller size wasn’t taken into account.

In this clip, we uncover the pioneering work of Ada Lovelace, an English mathematician famous for her work on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, often considered the world’s first computer. Despite being overshadowed by this male figure, Lovelace was the first to recognise that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation. She is thus regarded as the first ever computer programmer.

Selected for Tribeca, this film goes behind the glib statistics to find out why so few women work in computer sciences. Through interviews with successful women programmers at Pixar, Pinterest and Etsy, it looks at what can be done to encourage the next generation of women programmers.

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