Female engineers united on Twitter under #ILookLikeAnEngineer after an advertisement showcasing a female engineer prompted a series of sexist responses.
In a recent essay for Medium, Isis Wenger, a platform engineer for OneLogin, exposed some of the awful and sexist realities she faced while trying to make it as a female in the tech industry.
In the essay, she said she's had grown men throw dollar bills at her during work hours. She also claimed,
In the middle of the article, Isis brought up how she was subject to an incredible amount of backlash after a print ad she was featured in ran for OneLogin.
One person posted the picture and commented,
Isis posted a picture of herself in response to people saying she didn't look like a tech engineer.
The Twitter post united tech workers everywhere who are challenging the notion there is a standard look for someone working in tech.
#ILookLikeAnEngineer flooded Twitter with pictures of all kinds of people, and Wenger's original post was favorited almost 500 times.
Wenger told TechCrunch the campaign is intentionally non-gender specific, and she hopes people of all sorts will list their accomplishments in the field.
One mother even posted on behalf of her daughter who is too young to tweet.
More of this, please!
Citations: ILookLikeAnEngineer challenges stereotypes (USA TODAY)