A boy and a girl play video games on their phones in September 2012 in Ruesselsheim, Germany.

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A question on Twitter helped spark two hashtags about women in the gaming industry

One focuses on social issues, the other aims to connect like-minded women

What advice do you have for those seeking a mentor, or looking to become one?

Share your thoughts in the comments below or on CNN iReport

CNN  — 

Pass the stuffing, and the popcorn. Over Thanksgiving weekend, movie theaters sold an estimated $295 million worth of tickets, breaking the record of $273 million set in 2009.

Luke Crane, who says he works at Kickstarter and describes himself as a self-publisher of role-playing games, floated out a question on Monday evening: “Why are there so few lady game creators?”

His inquiry touched on a controversy that’s been brewing for a long time. Women’s role in the gaming industry is part of a greater conversation about gender roles and stereotypes in the scientific, techie and geek spheres. These fields are often said to be dominated by men. But are they really?

As the discussion continued, Twitter user Filamena Young apparently was the first person to start using the #1ReasonWhy hashtag. Others adopted it as well. Grievances were aired, issues were discussed, and the tag started getting more and more attention.

Then, talk started turning into something more. The #1ReasonMentor hashtag popped up to help women interested in the video gaming industry to meet others who are working in the field, and vice versa. Here’s a very abbreviated snapshot of the discussion:


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After we at CNN saw this exchange taking place, we were inspired to share it with our reader community and keep the mentoring and leadership conversation going.

Are you a female interested in the video game industry, or do you know someone who is? What female techies and geeks do you admire, and what qualities can best help a woman, or anyone, succeed?

Do you have a mentor, or can you think of a good mentor for women interested in the video gaming world, or science and technology? And what suggestions do you have for those seeking a mentor, or for those who want to become mentors?

Did you go to the movies over Thanksgiving weekend? Why or why not? What did you see? Share your thoughts in the comments area below or post video commentary on CNN iReport.