Remember that running joke you had in college about engineering students looking like T-squares? Oh come on, no need to be hypocrites here; you'd be lying if you didn't catch yourself unwittingly laughing at those—that is if you're not one of them.
Well, those people you described as drawing instrument-looking are back with a vengeance...and quite beautifully at that.
Recently, a looker of an engineer from San Francisco named Isis Anchalee—who was featured in a recruitment ad—hit back at critics questioning her merits through a blog entry.
(The highlighted comment reads: This is some weird haphazard branding. I think they want to appeal to women, but are probably just appealing to dudes. Perhaps that's the intention all along. But I'm curious people with brains find this quote remotely plausible and if women in particular buy this image of what a female software engineer looks like. Idk. Weird.) (Photo via Anchalee's blog)
Photo via Anchalee's blog
Anchalee wrote as a response to the issue, "This industry’s culture fosters an unconscious lack of sensitivity towards those who do not fit a certain mould. I’m sure that every other women and non-male identifying person in this field has a long list of mild to extreme personal offenses that they’ve just had to tolerate."
She clarified, "I’m not trying to get anyone in trouble, fired or ruin anyone’s life. I just want to make it clear that we are all humans, and there are certain patterns of behaviour that no one should have to tolerate while in a professional environment."
Anchalee then encouraged other women engineers to post their pictures, along with their achievements and contributions to the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics using the hashtag, "#ILookLikeAnEngineer."
What came next was a Twitter feed filled with both beautiful and brainy ladies:
Female engineers - 1, sexists - 0.
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