A severe thunderstorm.
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By Madeline Farber
January 30, 2017

All to often, female meteorologists — educated, highly skilled scientists — are called “weather girls.” And they want it to stop.

“I don’t think people realize how many times I do get called that today,” Weather Channel meteorologist Jen Carfagno said in a Facebook live discussion Sunday. “You just let it roll off your shoulders.”

Later, Carfango joined WNBC chief meteorologist Janice Huff, and Ginger Zee, chief meteorologist at ABC News, for an episode of The Weather Channel’s “Weather Geeks” called “Women in Science” — a two-part series that delves into the challenges women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), face. University of Georgia professor Marshall Shepherd hosted the show.

“Women on television can also be scientists. It’s that simple,” Zee said during the episode.

Since female meteorologists can serve as role models to young STEM-focused girls, the four agreed that using the term “meteorologist” is more important that ever — especially since “there’s a big disparity on the general population versus how many people are in the geosciences, and men still dominate,” Huff said.

“Let’s abolish the term ‘weather girl,'”Shepherd said. “Respect these women for what they are: scientists.”

To watch the full discussion, click here.

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