#ILookLikeAnEngineer ads going up in the Bay Area

Last month, we told you about #ILookLikeAnEngineer, a conversation about diversity in the tech industry sparked by the backlash software developer Isis Wenger faced when she appeared in an ad for her company. Well, now the hashtag is about to hit the streets in the form of a series of ads that challenge prevalent stereotypes about who looks like an engineer.

According to Michelle Glauser, one of the coordinators of the ad program, the goals of the ads are to give visibility to and normalize non-stereotypical engineers, increase awareness of discrimination that non-stereotypical engineers face, encourage an atmosphere of inclusion in tech, and — I personally think this one is reallly exciting — inspire people who may not have thought of becoming engineers before to learn the skills.

The ads will be in San Francisco, the Bay Bridge, Oakland, Palo Alto, and San Jose. The organizers hope that folks can use the ads as an opportunity to talk about diversity in tech with their communities, to speak up against discriminatory micro-aggressions, and to push for their companies to increase diversity.

To learn more, check it out here!

Header image: #ILookLikeEngineer ads

San Francisco, CA

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