“There are a few movies which do feature women hackers: Matrix (Trinity), Hackers (Kate), Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Lisbeth), and even TV shows like Criminal Minds (Penelope), Arrow (Felicity) and NCIS (Abby).
While this is a step in the right direction, does the film industry believe that all women techies are white? Women programmers are almost never played by black, latina, native or asian women. The film and TV industry sends the message to women of color that we are not hackers, or at least not supposed to be. Casting hacker characters as primarily white men, and sometimes white women, leaves women of color out of the picture. Lack of representation and exposure is one reason why black women make up the lowest percentage of programmers in the tech industry (less than 1%): if you don’t see anyone who looks like you in a particular field or job, you are less likely to venture into it.”