#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.

https://twitter.com/isisAnchalee/status/628294846713757696

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.

https://twitter.com/JCHayes/status/628313012152090625

https://twitter.com/sailorhg/status/628310679921885184

https://twitter.com/trucy/status/628344723975987204

https://twitter.com/EliciaMDennis/status/628422969228853248

https://twitter.com/dtrapezoid/status/628345046853509120

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.

https://twitter.com/daraoke/status/628625476051861504

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.