Women in technology, along with their co-workers and employers, have flocked to Twitter to challenge the stereotype of what an engineer looks like.
It all started when Isis Wenger, a full-stack engineer for cloud computing company OneLogin, received a cascade of negative comments on social media after she appeared on an advert for her company. Many of these comments stated that she probably wasn't an engineer because of how she looks i.e. female.
Following the backlash, Wenger wrote a blog post discussing the sexism that still seems so widespread in the tech industry.
Within her blog, Wenger asked fellow engineers that don’t fit the ‘cookie-cutter mold’ to head to Twitter and show their support using the #ILookLikeAnEnginner hashtag.
Not only has a vast array of engineers taken to social media to show their support, a number of tech firms – big and small – have also got behind the movement.
Here are some of the most popular tweets on the subject so far:
IT Channel Expert’s sister publication PCR is a strong advocate for celebrating women in technology and is hosting its annual Women of the Year awards show in London on October 16th. You can buy a ticket here.
PCR is still taking submissions for nominations across the four awards categories: Rising Star, Marketing & PR, Sales and Woman of the Year. So if you know of an inspirational and influential female in the UK PC tech industry make sure you vote here.