Meteorology is a science, and the women who study it and report their findings on TV arenâ€™t â€œweather girls.â€Â Theyâ€™re scientists.Â
Unfortunately, women meteorologists are still too often referred to dismissively as â€œweather girls.â€Â
â€œI donâ€™t think people realize how many times I do get called that today,â€ Weather Channel meteorologist Jen Carfagno said in a Facebook live discussion. â€œYou just let it roll off your shoulders.â€Â
Carfagno took part in an episode of The Weather Channelâ€™s â€œWeather Geeksâ€ entitled â€œDonâ€™t Call Me Weather Girl.â€ Hosted by Weather Channel meteorologist Marshall Shepherd,Â Carfagno was joined by WNBC chief meteorologist Janice Huff and Ginger Zee, chief meteorologist at ABC News.Â
â€œThe fact that two of our guests are chief meteorologists is rare in itselfÂ (sadly),â€ Shepherd wrote in a blog post about the episode.Â â€œCheck the numbers on female chief meteorologists around the nation. Itâ€™s pretty pathetic.â€
The problem is not just a matter of using the proper name. As the four discussed, itâ€™s also about providing role models to young girls who are interested in science.Â
â€œThereâ€™s a big disparity on the general population versus how many people are in the geosciences, and men still dominate,â€ Huff said.Â The challenge, she added, was keeping girls engaged so they stay in science programs.
Having positive role models, the scientists agreed, can only help.Â
â€œLetâ€™s abolish the term â€˜weather girl,â€™â€Â Shepherd concluded. â€œRespect these women for what they are: scientists.â€Â Â
Check out the preview clip above, or watch the full discussion on Mashable.Â Â Â
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