In anticipation for this year’s Girls Leadership Institute on STEM, I am sharing this important and awesome article that serves as an example of the ways in which Women working in STEM can combat sexism both in those fields and our wider society.
This The Mary Sue article gives us an in-depth look into how the twitter hashtag campaign of #ILookLikeAnEngineer has emerged and the impact it aims to cultivate. Basically, this hashtag emerged when Isis Wenger shared on her Facebook page an AD for a tech company in which she appears in as shown below:
However, some of the feedback she did receive was negative, but sadly common in much of the tech industry, one of which dismissed her position as an engineer because “she didn’t look like a female engineer.”
In response to this comment that essentially defines women engineers by their physical appearances, Isis responded to these comments as follows:
In solidarity with Isis experience, many female engineers joined in this hashtag in order to highlight the sheer diversity of women who are actively present in the engineering field.
For more pictures of female engineers utilizing this hashtag and more information on this campaign, please click this link: #ILookLikeAnEngineer Features Some Great Examples of Female Engineers.