This Is What an Engineer Looks Like

In an awesome display of viral feminism, female and minority engineers on Twitter break stereotypes about who works in this rigorous, science driven field.

Aug 16, 2015
Isis Wenger holds the #ILookLikeAnEngineer sign that started a social media revolution

Isis Wenger posted this photo to an article she published on Medium, encouraging other female engineers to do the same. 

It’s hard to say how or when it started, but the #ILookLikeAnEngineer Twitter movement is shaking up popular perception of the types of people work in sciences - in the best possible way.

The campaign started after a particularly trying summer for female scientists. This past June, Nobel Prize winner Tim Hunt made headlines when he asserted that women were distracting in the laboratory. More recently yet, Isis Wenger, a female platform engineer at OneLogin, appeared in an advertisement for her company and received feedback on her photo mostly relating to her appearance and undermining her professionally.



In response, Wenger wrote a short essay and included a picture of herself with the hashtag, #ILookLikeAnEngineer - and encouraged other women to do the same.

The result has been a social media celebration, drawing attention to the massive contribution of women to science and engineering, breaking stereotypes, and raising awareness about the importance of creating an inclusive space in the sciences for professionals of all kinds.

ENGINEERS ARE WOMEN - OF ALL BACKGROUNDS 

ENGINEERS ARE MOMS

ENGINEERS ARE MINORITIES
Minority men also took to Twitter to promote other kinds of diversity in the sciences.

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Zohar is Goodnet's voice on social media, inspiring hundreds of thousands of fans to connect with opportunities for doing good. She writes about positive, viral trends across the web.

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