What does an engineer look like? This image shows a recruitment ad for the tech startup company featuring engineer Isis Anchalee. As of Aug. 6, 2015, more than 75,000 people used the hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer to post photos of themselves and promote gender diversity in technology, according to analytics firm Topsy. (AP Photo/onelogin.com)
What does an engineer look like?
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Thousands of female engineers have joined a Twitter campaign. Self-described science nerds have also joined. And other tech superstars have joined. They want to break down stereotypes. Their issue is what engineers should look like.
 
More than 75,000 people used the hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer. This was as of Aug. 6. They can post photos of themselves. They promote gender diversity in technology. This is according Topsy. It is an to analytics firm. The campaign started with Isis Anchalee. She is an engineer. She wors at the tech startup OneLogin. She got a lot of attention. It came after her photo was in a recruitment ad for her company.
 
The ad features Anchalee. She has long, wavy hair. She has on glasses. She is smiling. She is wearing a black T-shirt. It has her company's logo on it. Many people could not believe that a pretty woman could also be an engineer at a tech company. Some thought that the company had hired a model.
 
"I didn't want or ask for any of this attention. But if I can use this to put a spotlight on gender issues in tech I consider that to be at least one win." She wrote this in an essay. It appeared on Medium. She suggested people use #ILookLikeAnEngineer to post photos of themselves. The idea is to redefine ideas of what engineers should look like.
 
It seems to be working. And it's not only women sharing photos. Other groups in tech are too. African-American men have joined in. The campaign is growing bigger each minute.

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Why is it important to separate how a person looks and what a person does?
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COMMENTS (50)
  • erina-eri
    9/10/2015 - 05:17 a.m.

    We need to separate how a person looks and what a person does. I think if a person is doing a great job, we only have to focus on their abilities and skills. When a person has a good looking, we will be influenced by that absolutely.

    • eduardoc-rob
      9/17/2015 - 02:08 p.m.

      It is not important to separate how a person looks and what a person does.Because every people have their standard.We need to respect every one.The great people cannot help only us.Non educational people may have some ability it can help us and we can learn some thing forour skill.Most of people say the first impression is their apperance it may right.Every have their like for their dressing. We can't decide only of thie first apperance

  • kristine-eri
    9/10/2015 - 05:30 a.m.

    I think it isn't important to separate how a person looks and what a person does.We can't classify by looking at their appearance.There are a lot of people who doesn't like to wear the great clothes although they are rich because it doesn't uncomfortable to do the work by wearing the great clothes.Most of the work have stress.Stress make them depressing and confusing their mind.By wearing the uncomfortable cloth, they might have two troubles. Some are so poor. But they are wearing the very nice clothes because they want someone to look up them. That's why I think it isn't important to separate how a person looks and what a person does.

    • lyreer-rob
      9/17/2015 - 10:37 a.m.

      amen kristine-eri thats a good point

  • harris-eri
    9/11/2015 - 05:25 a.m.

    Of course first impression is important for people and you can get a lots of images by looking about what you are. But the employer don't have to discriminate about gender or color of the skin.

  • lynn-eri
    9/11/2015 - 05:42 a.m.

    It is important to separate how a person looks and what a person does because we cannot decide someone by looking at his or her appearance. Someone may looks like a weak person physically but he may be strong mentally and have a spirit of never giving up. We cannot know about someone's information or life just by looking at his appearance. So it is not appropriate to decide a person's job by what kind of look he or she has. Thus it is important that we do not judge or criticize someone's job with his or her look.

  • vens-eri
    9/11/2015 - 05:48 a.m.

    I think that person who wear the uniforms which can shows them who they are , and the uniforms describe their companies logos .

  • hannah-eri
    9/11/2015 - 05:50 a.m.

    It is the most important thing to separate how a person looks and what a person does in communication. Sometimes,if there do not have right skills to separate,there could be a serious problem between the people.

  • emily-eri
    9/11/2015 - 05:52 a.m.

    It is important to separate how a person looks and what a person does.In 100% ,60% of People look only appearance and they think that oh! he might be a good and smart guy,they might also look their skill and personality too.Some people might have a strong appearance but they don't have special skills and good personality!Some people might have weak appearance but they have strong mind and never give up!If you are going made some friends or whatever ,be careful !

  • sithu-eri
    9/11/2015 - 05:54 a.m.

    It is too important because the persons who have perfect skills and experiments. You must accept that persons and pay the salary more than other persons.

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