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California engineer creates viral #iLookLikeAnEngineer movement

The campaign had a positive impact on the new Hinds County engineering class, which has more male students than female. (Photo Source: WLOX) The campaign had a positive impact on the new Hinds County engineering class, which has more male students than female. (Photo Source: WLOX)
Anchalee hopes the movement will have a lasting impact. (Photo Source: Medium) Anchalee hopes the movement will have a lasting impact. (Photo Source: Medium)
HINDS COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

When OneLogin full-stack engineer Isis Anchalee was thrown into a recruiting campaign, she never thought it would be the beginning of a viral movement than impacted women and girls across the world.

In a post on Medium, Anchalee described how the ad brought both positive and negative attention.

"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 [sic] but genuinely blind to a lot of the crap that those who do not identify as male have to deal with," Anchalee wrote.

As a result, the engineer asked the public to help her redefine "what an engineer should look like", via the hashtag #iLookLikeAnEngineer. The hashtag quickly took social media by storm. Thousands of photos were shared of women from across the country posing for pictures, each one holding a sign that includes their job description.

The global campaign even had a positive impact on the new engineering class at Hinds County, which happens to have more male students than female. 

"The only reason I wouldn't think it was for me would not be because I was a girl, but maybe because I wasn't academically advanced enough to understand the materials," said one student. "But as I've gone through the years and taken different courses, I've seen that's really where my heart is."

Anchalee has partnered with the wife of a co-worker to ensure the movement has a lasting impact. The duo invites anyone who with suggestions or advice to send an email to isis@ilooklikeanengineer.com.

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