#DressforSTEM: Why You’ll See Meteorologists Wearing Purple on Pi Day

Happy #PiDay, and also #DressForSTEM! You will see female meteorologists across the country wearing purple today to encourage young women to pursue their dreams and go into STEM fields.

Dr. Greg Postel, Maria LaRosa, and Jennifer Watson

This is the third annual #DressForSTEM to bring awareness that there needs to be more women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It started as a joint effort among female meteorologists and their passion to encourage young women to pursue higher education in STEM fields. In 2015 women held nearly half of all U.S. jobs, but only 24% of STEM jobs. Anyone can wear purple today in support of women in STEM!

Each year this movement has grown larger and larger and it’s nice to see people are taking notice. Now that I have a daughter, #DressForSTEM means even more to me. I want young women of all ages to know they can pursue any career they want, including STEM fields. Hopefully this inspires young women to dream big and be fearless in pursuing their passions.

Jennifer Watson is a Social Media Specialist at The Weather Channel and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and a Minor in Mathematics from East Carolina University and a Masters in Geosciences with an emphasis in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University.

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  1. How do I find, watch, Andy record again if possible the program “The top 10 things you can do to save the plane”…thank you…David Camden

  2. @stephanieabrams, @liana-brackett, @haleybrennan, @dewpointdiva, @kcass, @maria-larosa, Dr. @twcerikanavarro, and @alexwilson, I thank all of you for wearing purple on National Pi Day to support ALL women in STEM! That makes my day! I have worn purple to serve that same purpose all day today and will do it again tomorrow. #DressforSTEM 💜💁
    I pray for more women to dream big, to pursue their ultimate goal, and to be fearless. This way, we can inspire a generation. #purplereign 🙋🙏

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