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YouTube Makes Women-in-Code Documentary Codegirl Free Until November 5

YouTube might be moving into the paid content arena, but never let it be said that the company underestimates the power of free video content. That’s why—when there’s as important a message to spread as one about women who code—they’ve decided to release a documentary about women in tech, Codegirl, completely free, and you can watch it right now.

Or show it to a young woman in your life to inspire her and show her that one of the biggest tech fields around isn’t just “for boys.” Or do both.

But do it fast, because the doc will only be available for free until November 5, before its theatrical release over the coming weeks. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki wrote in a blog post on the free film,

The problem of getting girls more interested in tech has many sources, but according to Google’s own research, one of them is optics. Girls don’t see positive role models of other girls and women in popular culture. In a study of popular films in 11 countries, fewer than 20 percent of computer science or tech roles were held by women.


“CODEGIRL” follows the story of 5,000 girls from 60 countries as they compete in a global entrepreneurship and coding competition by Technovation. The girls have three months to develop an app that attempts to solve a problem in their local community. In the film, they size up their competition, interact with teachers and local mentors, learn to code, and pitch their ideas all in hopes of winning $10,000 in funding and support.

If you like what you see, you can use #rallyforcodegirl to show your support on Twitter.

(via Daily Dot)

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