This Engineer Is So Beautiful She Caused a Storm of Sexism in Silicon Valley

Isis Anchalee is a full-stack engineer at OneLogin in Silicon Valley. Not only is she a female engineer in what’s considered a “men’s career field”, she’s also gorgeous.

Onelogin recently posted an advertisement of her in the Bay Area for recruiting purposes.

advertisementThis has brought an uproar of both positive and negative attention to Anchalee. On August 1st she decided to write a blog post for Medium.com in which she shared her experiences as a female engineer.

Anchalee speaks about the mistreatment she has received – including a male colleague throwing dollar bills at her during work hours – and other issues that come with being a woman working in a “man’s world”.

“There is a significant lack of empathy and insight towards recognizing that their “playful/harmless” behavior is responsible for making others inappropriately uncomfortable. This industry’s culture fosters an unconscious lack of sensitivity towards those who do not fit a certain mold. I’m sure that every other women and non-male identifying person in this field has a long list of mild to extreme personal offenses that they’ve just had to tolerate. I’m not trying to get anyone in trouble, fired or ruin anyone’s life. I just want to make it clear that we are all humans, and there are certain patterns of behavior that no one should have to tolerate while in a professional environment.

I didn’t ask for any of this attention, and I’m rather uncomfortable with all of it. I’m just a human and I prefer to keep my life simple/reserved, but it blows my mind that my fully-clothed smiling face with unbrushed hair and minimal makeup on a white wall is seemingly more controversial in some communities than this simply because of my gender:”

male engineerAnchalee was quite stunned with all of the negative remarks that came from the advertisements as well… particularly from men. “The negative opinions about this ad that strangers feel so compelled to share illustrate solid examples of the sexism that plagues tech,” she explained. She goes on to show some of the negative comments left on a facebook post of the ad image.

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While Anchalee doesn’t want any fame out of this, she did ask fellow female Engineers to speak out.

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