Girls Rule, Boys Drool... Literally.
This... I can relate to. Big time. And this is why we're all here, on this particular blog, reading this particular post.
As women in STEAM fields, the judgement, biases, and stereotypes we face is REAL. My background is in architecture & let me tell you... a strong & assertive woman in a male dominated field is not something received well by men. On the flipside, if a man is strong and assertive... he is a leader.
These kinds of double standards are laced all throughout STEAM fields. Just part of the game we play as women... either you're brave enough to do what you love without fear of prosecution. Or you're not.
This girl is calling a spade & spade, & we love her for it.
Meet Isis Wenger.
She was asked, on a whim, to be one of four people to participate in a new add campaign that day for her company OneLogin, where she works as a full-stack engineer. Pretty cool, right?!
Take one step forward, and there's always going to be someone trying to drag you back down... let's call him "Nathan". Yeah, "Negative Nathan". (No offense to the not so negative Nathan's of the world)
Negative Nathan is the one who started this whole sh*t storm... he said, "This is some weird haphazard branding. I think they just 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 plausable and if women in particular buy this image of what a female software engineer looks like. IDK. Weird."
And well, Wenger responded beautifully through a short essay for Medium.
"I am a passionate self-taught engineer, extreme introvert, science-nerd, anime-lover, college dropout, hip hop dancer, yoga teacher/hoop-dance teacher, really authentic friend and HUMAN(omg?!). In fact, if you knew me you would probably know that being famous is one of my biggest nightmares; seriously right up there with falling into a porta potty. I keep to myself most of the time and generally prefer when others mind their own business too."
"I didn’t want or ask for any of this attention, but if I can use this to put a spotlight on gender issues in tech I consider that to be at least one win. The reality is that most people are well intentioned but genuinely blind to a lot of the crap that those who do not identify as male have to deal with."
Wenger notes that she is just one engineer and is not a representation of all women in her company. Just like her male coworkers, she does not think the way she looks should factor into whether she looks right for the job or not. Instead, she thinks more emphasis should be put on how well she does her job and how much she cares for her team.
"Do you feel passionately about helping spread awareness about tech gender diversity?
Do you not fit the “cookie-cutter mold” of what people believe engineers “should look like?
If you answered yes to any of these questions I invite you to help spread the word and help us redefine “what an engineer should look like”. #iLookLikeAnEngineer"
And now, #iLookLikeAnEngineer has gone viral. Female engineers all around the world, posting beautiful photos of themselves & their accomplisments... proving that brains DO come in many different colors & genders.