If you’re unaware of the #ILookLikeAnEngineer hashtag movement that has begun sweeping the internet, we’ll briefly recap the situation.
According to The Drum, a modern marketing magazine, the movement was sparked after one female employee, Isis Wenger who works for OneLogin, was featured as a recruiter for the company’s hiring process. Sexist comments followed, with people questioning if she truly worked for the company, or if the company had hired a pretty face.
In response, Wenger posted to her personal Twitter account holding a sign reading, “I help build enterprise software. #ILookLikeAnEngineer”
Now, the hashtag has gained a massive amount of momentum, and General Motors CEO Mary Barra has thrown in her support.
Barra also tweeted to her 15,000 plus followers stating, “General Motors has a diverse array of talented engineers around the world and I’m honored to lead them. #ILookLikeAnEngineer”
Barra graduated from the General Motors Institute, now Kettering University, with a bachelor degree in Science, and has held various engineering positions inside GM since 1980. She was also named one of the world’s most powerful women by Fortune, and holds the title for first female CEO of a major automaker.