Documentary Project on Black Women In Tech Raises Thousands

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 06/12/2015 | 02:15 PM EDT

#RewriteTheCode explores challenges of being double minority in STEM field

Being a woman or a minority in tech industry is a rare and daunting road, but especially so for Black women.


The disadvantage of being a double-minority in technology is much felt, as they’re often invisible to the larger startup community. Without a doubt it’s a white man’s club who write the rules and collect the checks.


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But a documentary is looking to put an end to the slight women of color face in the tech world. “#RewriteTheCode” is a 15-minute doc film exploring the intersection of race and gender in tech, and put a spotlight on Black women who are kicking butt and taking names in a field where they are practically ignored.


So far the documentary Kickstarter campaign has raised over $40,000.


Launched in February 2015 by #ProjectDiane--named after Civil Rights pioneer Diane Nash--the doc highlights the challenges intersectionality in the tech business, yet puts a face to a demographic who continue to struggle with locking down investors or even users to support their products or company.


Though the original target was to raise $25,000, the project exceeded that goal in a matter of a couple of days--a sign that others, too, believe in the necessity of diversity in Silicon Valley and beyond.

(Photo: #ReWriteTheCode Kickstarter Campaign)

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