Today’s March 14…Pi day!
It’s also #DressForStem Day!
The hashtag #DressForStem is a movement presented by the ‘Female Broadcast Meteorologists’ Facebook group. Two years ago, the same group started a trend where women in broadcast all purchased and wore the same dress from Amazon. The dress looks great on camera, is bright, has contrasting black lines and flatters most female figures. And, it was for sale at $23.
Since today is Pi Day — 3.14 — the same group thought it would be a great time to remind and encourage women that science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM] is fun! Hence, #DressForStem! The same group wants to close the gender gap and encourage an interest in STEM and promote careers in STEM.
Did you know?
According to the U.S. Department of Education, women are doing well academically, as 57 percent of women have a college degree and 60 percent have a master’s level degree. The U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Earnings say that 25 percent of women in the workforce hold a STEM position.
Generation STEM found that girls like STEM, with 74 percent of teen girls interested in the field. Girls who have interest in STEM have had greater exposure to STEM fields. The study found that there is still a gap in STEM interest to STEM career choice.
What can we do?
Encourage young girls to get interested in STEM! Take girls to science museums, let them shadow jobs in STEM, and take part in hands-on science activities, programs or camps outside of school.
Take young girls to the 2017 California STEAM Symposium, taking place Dec. 10-11, 2017 at Moscone Center West in San Francisco:
According to U.S. News and World Reports, these are the 2016 Top 10 Best STEM jobs:
Now, if you don’t have “The Dress” you can wear royal blue to support #DressForSTEM.