Only fourteen percent of STEM professionals are women. That’s without factoring in race, sexuality, cisnormativity, disability and other factors that further isolate individuals in such a hegemonic field. While many organizations, including Google and the White House, have launched programs geared toward training and employing more women and girls in STEM fields, the current work environment remains troubling. Started by Isis Anchalee, following mass vitriol she received from her company’s ad series, the hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer is being used by women engineers to acknowledge their often erased presence.
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