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, coders, self-described science nerds and other tech superstars have joined a Twitter campaign. They want to break down stereotypes. Their issue is about what engineers should look like.
 
As of Aug. 6, more than 75,000 people used the hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer to post photos of themselves and promote gender diversity in technology. This is according to analytics firm Topsy. The campaign started when Isis Anchalee, an engineer at tech startup OneLogin, got an avalanche of attention. It came after her photo appeared in a recruitment ad for her company.
 
The ad features Anchalee. She has long, wavy hair and glasses. She is seen smiling in a black T-shirt bearing her company logo. Many people could not believe that an attractive woman could also be an engineer at a tech company. Some assumed that the company had hired a model for its recruiting efforts.
 
"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 in an essay on Medium. As such, she suggested people use #ILookLikeAnEngineer to post photos of themselves and redefine perceptions of what engineers should look like.
 
From the look of the photos, it's working. And it's not only women. Other traditionally underrepresented groups in tech, such as African-American men, have joined in too. 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 (6)
  • christianp-rob
    9/16/2015 - 10:24 a.m.

    The way a person looks does not matter at all because,if you tell someone that they look really ugly that can easly hurt that person's feelings.

  • jaharees1-rob
    9/16/2015 - 10:36 a.m.

    It's important because people have their own personalities and styles. If you act the same as someone else, then the thing is people are not gonna be able to tell how you act and your kind of nature of yourself.

  • romeol-rob
    9/17/2015 - 10:24 a.m.

    I think it is inportant because. So you want keep doing the same thing. And they can learn how to do diffrent things and I also think that it is inportant for a person to change how sombody look so they want look the same all the time. That is what i think is inportant for seperating how you act and how you look.

  • shiannem-rob
    9/17/2015 - 01:59 p.m.

    I think that it is not that important but I think its important because they might look really friendly , and then might turn around and steal from you or the job or the company or make false assumptions. this is a goood reason why people should check peoples records when they want to apply for a job at a company or a construction site or any where else that may go for this statement.

  • donaldoc-rob
    9/17/2015 - 02:04 p.m.

    Its important to not judge by a person looks , Because anyone can be a enigneer or work for anything else and looks wont matter .. only sterotypes would judge and say he cant work cause of his looks .

  • kevontab1-rob
    9/17/2015 - 02:12 p.m.

    It is important to separate how a person look and what a person does because a person could look really mean but works hard.also a person could look kind but is a bad worker.I believe owners should check a persons history before they hire them.so therefore this is why you should separate how a person looks from what a person does.

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