What an Engineer Looks Like
It is hard to say when Twitter campaign #ILookLikeAnEngineer took off. It happened sometime after Nobel Prize winner Tim Hunt made headlines when he asserted that women were distracting in the laboratory. Then One Login full-stack engineer Isis Anchalee was asked to be one of the participants in a recruiting campaign. As she later wrote in Medium,
“I was not personally ready for the amount of attention that it has brought me. “– Isis Anchalee
Comments on her Appearance
She received feedback on her photo mostly relating to her appearance. The feedback undermined her professionally. She responded with a simple declarative statement about her looks.
The Twitter hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer went viral and lives on to this day. Now, Isis Anchalee helps engineers who happen to be women find one another. As for Isis Anchalee? She is organizing a team to develop a safe platform for women to continue to share their stories and experiences relating to diversity issues in tech.
Women in Tech Infographic
While we have a long way to go, there is an encouraging statistic: the number of women in tech is rising. In fact, Zuzana Padychova of Potential, Coupofy, and the Potential Female Founder’s Syndicate just put together the Women in Tech infographic.
It finds that the number of women in tech is growing 238% faster than men. The women in tech infographic brings to life data from the top 8 tech companies and “30 trusted sources”. Those sources are footnoted at the bottom of the infographic.
Women in Tech Consciousness Raising
The Women in Tech infographic is encouraging. It suggests that recent consciousness-raising may be taking hold. #ILookLikeAnEngineer has prompted men and women alike to stop and think about gender disparities in engineering.