On Aug. 1, Isis Anchalee published a short essay in Medium in which she shared her experiences as a female engineer.
Anchalee, who works in the San Francisco Bay Area, spoke of the mistreatment she has received both in the workplace — a colleague once threw dollar bills at her during work hours — and as a result of an engineering recruitment ad that features her photo, shown above.
The 22-year-old writes:
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.