The Internet Thinks She’s Too Hot to be an Engineer, So She Teaches Them a Lesson

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Isis Anchalee is a 22-year-old college dropout who works as an engineer at San Francisco-based tech startup OneLogin

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A little over a week ago, her company launched a new ad campaign that features her. The ad appeared all over the Northern California Bay Area.

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Shortly after its launch, some of those who saw the ad took photos of it and posted it online, along with some unflattering comments. (click to enlarge photo)

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Apparently, many people didn’t think that Anchalee fit the description of what an engineer should look like.

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On August 1, Anchalee wrote a short post on Medium sharing her experiences working as a female engineer. She recounted how she’s had dollar bills thrown at her during work hours and been sent inappropriate messages asking to “be friends with benefits” during an interview process. 

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She wrote:

“There is a significant lack of empathy and insight towards recognizing that their ‘playful/harmless’ behavior is responsible for making others inappropriately uncomfortable. This industry’s culture fosters an unconscious lack of sensitivity towards those who do not fit a certain mold. 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. 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 behavior that no one should have to tolerate while in a professional environment.”

She then posted the following photo on the bottom of her essay.

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She also went on Twitter to start a hashtag campaign #ILookLikeAnEngineer that encouraged other people to post photos. 

And the internet responded:

Well done, Isis.

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