JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – You might remember the viral photo of female meteorologists wearing the same dress from late 2015. It originated from a group of female meteorologists on Facebook where a link to the dress was shared and close to 100 of the women purchased the dress. Meteorologist Jennifer Myers arranged the photos of the ladies into a collage, that then went viral.
Research shows that females are less likely to pursue careers in STEM fields and less likely to study STEM related subjects in college. The female meteorologists wearing the dress on March 14th are hoping it sparks conversations about that and eventually change. President Obama said, “One of the things that I really strongly believe in is that we need to have more girls interested in math, science, and engineering. We’ve got half the population that is way underrepresented in those fields and that means that we’ve got a whole bunch of talent…not being encouraged the way they need to.”
Women in STEM jobs earn 33 percent more than those in non-STEM occupations and experience a smaller wage gap relative to men. And STEM careers offer women the opportunity to engage in some of the most exciting realms of discovery and technological innovation. Increasing opportunities for women in these fields is an important step towards realizing greater economic success and equality for women across the board.
Locally, The Musuem of Science and History (MOSH) holds STEM camps during the summer, this year they run from June 13th- August 12th. Campers explore science, history and astronomy as they conduct experiments, journey to the edge of the universe in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, and explore museum exhibits.