Why are meteorologists around the country wearing the same dress today?

Updated: Mar. 14, 2017 at 7:06 AM CDT
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(Source: WAFF Staff)
(Source: WAFF Staff)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - You might recall the viral collage in late 2015 of female meteorologists wearing the same dress.

But what started out as a universally flattering and affordable dress in a female meteorologist Facebook group, now stands for so much more.

First Alert Meteorologist Lauren Jones says first and foremost, for her, it stands for comradery. Broadcast meteorology comes with unique challenges, usually combined with long hours and little sleep. "In a male-dominated field, it is nice to have a reminder in your closet that you have a constant support system of wonderful, talented women who know exactly what you may be struggling with."

The female meteorologist group on Facebook contains several hundred members. They chose to all wear the dress on March, 14th – Pi Day, to promote women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.

Now in its second year, #DRESSforSTEM aims to spark conversation about how important it is to encourage girls and young women to continue to pursue their interests in STEM subjects.

As of 2009, only 24 percent of people in STEM careers were women. And though many girls show an interest and excel in science and math in school, many do not pursue degrees in related fields.

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