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#ILookLikeAnEngineer campaign supported by women at MIT, Kendall Square, and elsewhere

Maimuna Majumder

Maimuna Majumder, a PhD student at MIT, tweeted this photo with the #ILookLikeAnEngineer hashtag.

One woman sports black bunny ears and a red tutu. Another, who is pregnant, smiles in a pink dress. Yet another declares her love for cupcakes. They’re all female engineers, donning that identity proudly on social media in a virtual show of solidarity against sexism and gender stereotypes.

The #ILookLikeAnEngineer campaign, which was trending Tuesday, began with a Medium post by Isis Wenger, a San Francisco platform engineer who was tired of sexist attitudes in the tech world. She was featured in a recruiting ad campaign for her IT company, OneLogin, and was shocked by the responses it garnered online.

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“The negative opinions about this ad that strangers feel so compelled to share illustrate solid examples of the sexism that plagues tech,” she wrote.

Wenger ended her post with a photo, inviting engineers who defy the “cookie-cutter mold” to share photos on social media.

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The campaign took off, similar to the hashtag #distractinglysexy, which was all over social media in June after Nobel-prize winning biochemist Sir Tim Hunt made a comment about women’s “distracting” presence in labs.

Locally, engineers from Kendall Square and Greater Boston were well-represented in the mix.

Among the locals tweeting: oceanographer and MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow Katy Croff Bell; Maimuna Majumder, who studied engineering at Tufts University and is now a PhD candidate at MIT; Bailey Richert, who is part of an entrepreneurship program at MIT; and a group of seven women from HubSpot.

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Here are a few:

MIT tweeted this photo, of four engineering professors: Sangeeta Bhatia, Mildred Dresselhaus, Daniela Rus, and Paula Hammond.

Stephanie McFeeters can be reached at stephanie.mcfeeters@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @mcfeeters.
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