#DressForSTEM encourages young women to pursue careers in scientific fields

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - #DressForSTEM has meteorologists across America, including our own Kellie McGlynn, wearing purple to encourage young girls to get involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

This marks the third annual #DressForSTEM, a movement to bring awareness to the need for more women in STEM careers.

"Women make up nearly half of the workforce, but hold only 24% of jobs in science, technology, engineering and math," said event organizer, AccuWeather Meteorologist Julia Weiden.

McGlynn talked about supporting the movement on WECT News First at Four Wednesday.

"It's important that we get more women in this field and not have that stigma attached that girls shouldn't be doing math and science," she said.

McGlynn asked that young women or parents of daughters reach out to her if they are interested in careers in meteorology or science. McGlynn said she would love to mentor them!

You can connect with Kellie on Facebook or Twitter.

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