WiCipedia: Debugging the Gap, GE's Gender Pledge & #ShePersistedWiCipedia: Debugging the Gap, GE's Gender Pledge & #ShePersisted
This week in our WiC roundup: A new documentary about women who code comes to Netflix; GE's lofty goals; Elizabeth Warren stands for all women; and more.
February 10, 2017
This week in our WiCipedia roundup: A new documentary about women who code comes to Netflix; GE's lofty goals; Elizabeth Warren stands for all women; and more.
Women in Comms will be hosting its first networking breakfast and panel discussion on Wednesday, March 22, in Denver, Colo., ahead of day two of the Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies conference. Register here and join us!
General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) broke news this week that it will be the next company to level the playing field when it comes to gender. Business Insider details GE's plans to employ 20,000 female employees in technical roles by 2020. Though the company currently employs only 18% female technical staff members, it has also vowed to create an entry-level technical staff composed of 50% female employees. These seem to be lofty and fast-acting goals given the company's current gender breakdown, but the C-suite appears committed to the diversity goals. GE Chief Economist Marco Annunziata said in a statement: "Unless we bring more women into technology and manufacturing, there will be a significant negative economic impact on the sector. This is a problem for business[es] to actively address." If women aren't involved, the bottom line suffers. (See Ericsson CMO: Diversity Is Critical to Transformation.)
There are lots of new films coming to Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) this month, but we're most excited about Code: Debugging the Gender Gap. Bustle describes the timely movie as, "A documentary focusing on the lack of women and minorities working in the field of software engineering. More important than ever." From the history of women's involvement in tech to the current state of affairs, Code is required watching for women in tech and anyone who supports the rise of women in tech. You can watch the trailer below and view the full documentary on Netflix on February 13. (See WiCipedia: After-School Coding, Salary Probing & Pro-Parenthood Companies.)
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