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Breaking the code for women programmers


In her new film She++: The Documentary, co-director Ellora Israni says, “We didn’t aspire to be nerds.” But she ended up as one—and is encouraging other women and girls to embrace their inner geek as computer scientists, The Daily Beast reports. Turns out, the field is far from nerdy. In fact, it is one of the most in-demand careers right now—the number of jobs is currently tripling, according to Facebook’s director of engineering, Jocelyn Goldfein—and it doesn’t show signs of stopping anytime soon. But computer science has a supply problem: there are nowhere enough software engineers to match the current demand. According to the film, U.S. businesses will need 1.4 million computer scientists by 2020. But at the current rate, only 30 percent of those jobs will be filled by American-trained professionals. And numbers are even more dismal for female scientists…

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