My mum used to discuss career with me when I was growing up and she’d ask what I want to be when I grow up.
Tech is usually thought to be a field for men and so women in tech are often seen as nerds. Those who are beautiful and sexy are perceived to be inferior or unintelligent, and they have to take a lot of shit from male coworkers who don’t appreciate their hard work.
So a tech lady, Isis Wenger, who is a full-stack engineer at OneLogin took a bold step and shared her experiences with male coworkers on medium.com.
She wrote this:
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.
I’ve had men throw dollar bills at me in a professional office (by an employee who works at that company, during work hours) and, I’ve had an engineer on salary at a boot camp message me to explicitly ‘be friends with benefits’ while I was in the interview process at the school he worked for. Isis Wenger.
She featured in an ad at her current job at OneLogin and her picture in the ad has gained some attention on social media, triggering the #ILookLikeAnEngineer hashtag.
See some tweets below.
— dara (@daraoke) August 4, 2015
— ¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@EricaJoy) August 4, 2015
— Della Anjeh (@dellzbells) August 4, 2015
— Tracy Chou (@triketora) August 4, 2015
— Tilde Ann Thurium (@annthurium) August 3, 2015
— Kainenechukwu (@TheMimsi) August 5, 2015
— Katie P (@ktbird7) August 5, 2015