Stanford Students Release Documentary about Women Coders

Wednesday Jul 17th 2013 by Developer.com Staff
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A pair of young students hope to encourage more women to choose computer science as a career.

Two 20-year-old Stanford University students named Ayna Agarwal and Ellora Israni are releasing a documentary called She++ that discusses the need for more women to be involved in programming. The film will become publicly available on the Internet Monday, but has already been shown at more than 100 screenings in a dozen countries.

This week, at the DLDwomen conference in Munich, Agarwal and Israni made their pitch for female software engineers. They noted that while women make up 60 percent of undergraduates, they only account for 20 percent of computer science majors. Meanwhile, companies are having difficulty finding the developers they need to fill the available positions. They say that if the number of women computer science students were proportional with the number of women students overall, computer science graduates would double.

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