It’s pretty exciting that the STEM community is finally becoming more inclusive towards women (two thousand and late, much?). We have apps to teach young girls how to code and big companies like IBM making things easier for working mamas but unfortunately women in those fields still face some workplace issues.
Isis Anchalee, an engineer in Northern California wrote an essay recently about how she sometimes felt like her work environment was toxic. “Most people are well intentioned but genuinely blind to a lot of the crap that those who do not identify as male have to deal with,” she says in her essay on Medium. Isis says she’s faced weird sexist interactions at work including a male coworker throwing dollar bills at her and sexist backlash from a recruitment campaign with her face on it. The consensus seems to be that most of the men she works with are “nice” and “well intended” but that “this industry’s culture fosters an unconscious lack of sensitivity towards those who do not fit a certain mold.”
Isis wanted to challenge this mold so she put out a simple call to action to women in her field to post pictures of themselves on Twitter. The pics came in under the hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer and show just a small sampling of the huge amount of diverse, beautiful and talented women engineers (or as we like to think of them: engineers).
Isis hopes this campaign will help people see the diverse faces of tech and maybe combat some of the sexism therein. “I just want to make it clear that we are all humans,” she says. “And there are certain patterns of behavior that no one should have to tolerate while in a professional environment.”
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(Feat Image via @isisAnchalee)