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Isis Anchalee      

Platform Engineer; Women Who Code Advisor; Founder of #ILookLikeAnEngineer Campaign

Isis Anchalee (formerly Isis Wenger) began teaching herself how to code in 2013. She was employed by OneLogin, Uber, and later Hustle, where she worked as a software engineer on its product team. She is also the founder of the #ILookLikeAnEngineer hashtag created in order to promote discussion of gender equality in tech after the OneLogin featured her face in an ad campaign.

Anchalee has given multiple talks, such as at Tech Inclusion New York in 2017 and at GHC15 in 2015. She is also on the Advisory Board of Women Who Code.

Anchalee created #ILookLikeAnEngineer (an example of hashtag activism) when she received derogatory comments about her face being featured in an ad campaign for OneLogin. Many people on the internet doubted Anchalee was a real engineer, claiming her company must have hired a model because she was "too attractive" to be a "real engineer." In response, Anchalee wrote a blog post. She posted her photo, along with the hashtag "ILookLikeAnEngineer," and encouraged other engineers to do the same. She wanted to challenge notions of what engineers are "supposed to" look like or be like, and show that there really is diversity in engineering.

Over the next few months, the hashtag went viral. Thousands of people shared their photos and accomplishments.

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Facebook has apologised for suspending a woman called Isis
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#ILookLikeAnEngineer challenges stereotypes
Isis Wenger says she faced an unexpected backlash after appearing in an ad as part of her company's recruiting campaign.
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When OneLogin Platform Engineer Isis Wenger agreed to participate in the company's recruiting campaign, she felt pretty apathetic about it. She also didn't..
Isis Wenger's blog post about sexism in the tech industry goes viral ...
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