The Gender Chip Project

A film by Helen De Michiel

2005 | 54 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 06897


Essential viewing for students, educators, counselors, policy makers and parents, THE GENDER CHIP PROJECT is being hailed as an important resource for addressing the disparity of representation of women in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Although women comprise the majority of undergraduates in America, only 20 percent are earning degrees in engineering and computer science. With statistics like these—and controversies such as the firestorm created when a prominent university president suggested women lack innate abilities in math and science—it’s clear that the road to success in the high-stakes STEM professions is not an easy one for young women.

THE GENDER CHIP PROJECT illustrates this challenge as it follows five extraordinary women majoring in the sciences, engineering and math at Ohio State University. Meeting regularly throughout their four years of school, they create a community to share their experiences and struggles as women stepping into traditionally male domains, and find support in dialog with their female professors. Now chaptered for easier use, the DVD shows how these extraordinary students are finding their own way to navigate and succeed in these male-dominated areas of study.


“…does an outstanding job of capturing the real voices of women and their journey within the still chilly STEM education system.”

Karen Peterson, Executive Director Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology

“…provocative and stimulating…provides a window into the relevant issues that a diverse group of women face in their college years as they sort through their interests and experiences in the fields of science and technology.”

Jane Margolis, Co-Author “Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing”

"A probing, eye-opening unpacking of the equation women and science that rocks preconceptions and twists open unexpected gendered issues about math, medicine, technology and engineering."

Patricia R. Zimmermann, Ph.D. Professor of Cinema and Photography, Ithaca College

“Insightful. Highly recommended with great potential for use in many collections. Beneficial to teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators [and to] those who have the obligation of developing gender neutral curricula.”

Educational Media Reviews Online

“Should inspire teenage girls to investigate nontraditional college majors and careers.”


“Useful in exploring gender studies topics and as a tool to prepare teen girls for the pressures of higher education.”

Meghann R. Matwichuk School Library Journal


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Helen De Michiel

HELEN DE MICHIEL is a filmmaker, media artist, author and professor based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her accomplishments in feature length narrative and documentary, installations, and new media projects have earned her a Rockefeller Intercultural Film/Video Fellowship and several NEA awards among many others. From 1996-2010 she served as the National Director of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC), and as a Board Member and Jurist for The George F. Peabody Awards for Electronic Media. She is deeply involved in co-creative and participatory media, and new combinatory storytelling practices, which she terms "open space" new media documentary. She writes frequently about her own creative experiences, knowledge, and mastery of these processes and possibilities. Her feature documentary, the episodic Lunch Love Community (2015) is a pioneering new media project, which has circulated internationally around a variety of media platforms. She co-authored Open Space New Media Documentary: A Toolkit for Theory and Practice (Routledge 2018) with Patricia Zimmermann. She teaches at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is currently at work on a new documentary film, Between the Sun and the Sidewalk. To learn more about her work, visit (7/19)


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