On March 14th, female STEM professionals will wear purple to bring awareness to the need for more women in science, technology, engineering, and math careers. This will be the fourth annual #DressForSTEM event.
#DressForSTEM resulted from an online collaboration among female meteorologists and their desire to inspire girls to pursue higher education in STEM. Women make up nearly half of the workforce, but hold on 24% of jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math.
“Research has shown that many children start thinking about STEM careers before the ago of 11,” said event organizer, Meteorologist Julia Weiden. “We hope to show young girls that it’s possible to be a successful female in a STEM career.”
Women in STEM, and anyone else who would like to join in solidarity, are encouraged to wear purple on March 14th and share photos on social media using the hashtag #DressForSTEM.
For more information, please email Julia.Weiden@accuweather.com.