Female Engineers Fight Stereotypes with #ILookLikeAnEngineer Campaign
08/06/2015 AT 02:30 PM EDT
Women engineers have taken Twitter by storm by posting photos of themselves with the hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer in an effort to challenge gender stereotypes.
It all started when Isis Wenger, a 22-year-old platform engineer at tech firm OneLogin, posted a recruitment ad for her company that featured a photo of herself. She said people immediately commented on her Facebook post, insisting that she couldn't possibly be an engineer at OneLogin because of how she looks.
"I've encountered many situations where people are unable to see past my external appearance," Wenger told Today. "When I was first starting out in the industry, people were very condescending [and] had pretty low expectations of me – which has ended up working in my favor because I end up surpassing them exceedingly."
So Wenger created the #ILookLikeAnEngineer campaign, and women engineers happily took part. The hashtag even got Chelsea Clinton's attention.
See some of the inspiring photos: