This Is What an Engineer Looks Like

Isis Anchalee reflects on a recruiting campaign for the company she works for, OneLogin, which featured a photo of her and a testimonial of why she enjoys working at the company:

Some people think I’m not making “the right face”. Others think that this is unbelievable as to what “female engineers look like”. News flash: this isn’t by any means an attempt to label “what female engineers look like.” This is literally just ME, an example of ONE engineer at OneLogin. The ad is supposed to be authentic. My words, my face, and as far as I am concerned it is.

I didn’t ask for any of this attention, and I’m rather uncomfortable with all of it. I’m just a human and I prefer to keep my life simple/reserved, but it blows my mind that my fully-clothed smiling face with unbrushed hair and minimal makeup on a white wall is seemingly more controversial in some communities than this simply because of my gender.

None of the male employees featured in this campaign have been subjected to the same backlash. Not one of them has heard that they don’t look like an engineer.

Happily, some good has come of this in the form of the #ILookLikeAnEngineer hashtag. I dumped a few from the last twenty minutes into a Storify, but you can find more posts on Twitter.

Update: Another excellent Storify collection.