Earlier this month Isis Wenger, a platform engineer at OneLogin Inc., created the hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer to celebrate the women engineers who stray from obsolete yet persistent stereotypes perfectly portrayed by the cast of HBO's Silicon Valley.
With hundreds of selfies uploaded in the name of #ILookLikeAnEngineer, it’s safe to say the hashtag has become a movement in itself—but even better, it's now sparked spinoff hashtags, celebrating women and diversity in other STEM fields. Because, apparently, despite the fact that it's 2015, people still expect scientists to look like a Revenge of the Nerds-era Robert Carradine wearing an American Apparel hoodie—or better yet, Professor Frink from The Simpsons.
The world of surgery is notoriously male-dominated, which is why #ILookLikeAnEngineer's followup #ILookLikeASurgeon is so important. Women surgeons have been posting a wide variety of pictures, from scrub-clad selfies to family portraits, promoting the fact that surgeons don't fit a particular mold. They can be goofballs, they can be athletes, they can be mothers.
But the spinoffs don't end there!
Over at #ILookLikeAChemist, women are showing off their lab duties, their time spent on a research ship for the British Antarctic Survey, and and their time collecting spiders for science, which sounds horrifying, but I respect it.
#ILookLikeAProfessor may not specifically highlight STEM-focused women, but it sure as heck features women killing the academia game.
The ladies at #ILookLikeAPhysicist look like they're about to take over the world.
But #ILookLikeaScientist features women in all types of STEM-related fields being badasses, writing up super complicated-looking equations, hanging out with their babies, showing off their science-related tattoos, and chilling out TELLING NASA HOW TO FLY THEIR SHUTTLES.
So yeah. This is what STEM looks like.