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#iLookLikeAnEngineer Is The Brilliant, Protective Response To A Fellow Female Engineer Being Shamed

04/08/2015 16:18 BST | Updated 06/08/2015 12:59 BST

Pop quiz: what does a female scientist, engineer or mathematician look like? The answer: you're asking the wrong question.

The fact is that there is no fixed idea of what any of these female professionals look like because appearance doesn't dictate whether or not you are good at your job in STEM.

Yet that is what OneLogin platform engineer Isis Wenger had to contend with, when her picture was used to help recruit more engineers.

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Some people were more concerned about her looks, reported TechCrunch.

One said: "This is some weird haphazard branding. I think they want to appeal to women, but are probably just appealing to dudes. Perhaps that’s the intention all along. But I’m curious people with brains find this quote remotely plausible if women in particular buy this image of what a female software engineer looks like."

Another added: "If their intention is to attract more women then it would have been a better to choose a picture with a warm, friendly smile rather than a sexy smirk."

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So far, so sexist.

But Isis Wenger was not going to put up with that, and so she started #iLookLikeAnEngineer, to help overturn the stereotypes about what female engineers should look like.

The response has been incredible.

Here's a snapshot of the pictures so far, starting with Wenger:

Others quickly followed:

And finally, keeping it old school...