When engineer Isis Wenger agreed to participate in her company’s recruitment campaign, she didn’t think much of it.
Calling herself a true introvert, Wenger soon found herself in the midst of an online conversation surrounding what female engineers are “supposed” to look like. Comments began to crop up about the appearance of Wenger, that she was “too sexy” to truly be an engineer.
To combat the sexism Wenger received, she posted a blog on the site Medium and began an online campaign entitled #ILookLikeAnEngineer. On the campaign, Wenger wrote,
#ILookLikeAnEngineer is intentionally not gender-specific. External appearances and the number of X chromosomes a person has is hardly a measure of engineering ability. My goal is to help redefine “what an engineer should look like” because I think that is a step towards eliminating sub-conscious bias towards diversity in tech.
People have been using the hashtag to break gender stereotypes about women in engineering, that still only makes up 14% of the overall engineering workforce according to the Congressional Joint Economic Committee.
To learn more about the campaign and Wenger’s story, click below.