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?
August 12, 2015
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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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