#ILookLikeAnEngineer : female engineer challenges sexist stereotypes

Thousands of women engineers have made a stand on Twitter to dispel the myth that all engineers are men. They are embracing and sharing images of themselves with the hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer.

The campaign was initiated by Isis Wenger, a 22-year-old female engineer, after she was featured in an advert to recruit new developers for OneLogin a security company in San Francisco. She received both positive and negative attention which prompted her to highlight gender issues in the tech world.


Wenger took to Linkedin and Twitter, signing up for an account on 3 August, to post a picture of herself with the #iLookLikeAnEngineer hashtag and within a day it had gone viral and far beyond the advert that spawned it.






Posting under the hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer, women working in science, technology, engineering and associated subjects have been posting selfies of themselves and describing what they do.


The campaign was spurred by an advert to recruit new developers for OneLogin a security company in San Francisco, which used a photo of Isis Wenger one of its female platform engineers.