It's Pi Day, and this is why female meteorologists are wearing purple

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    Happy Pi Day!

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    No, not that kind....

    Cropped Photo: Evan Shelhamer / CC BY 2.0

    Although many DO take it literally.

    It's the 3.1415...... mathematical constant kind of Pi Day, and some even prepped 4 months in advance for March 14th this year.

    That's right -- Emma Haruka spent nearly 4 months calculating the world record longest digits of pi. That's one small step for mathematicians, and one large step for women! Go Emma!

    Speaking of ladies, there are many female scientists taking advantage of the "holiday" all in the name of female empowerment and showing the importance of women in STEM -- that's science, technology, engineering, and math career fields.

    #DRESSFORSTEM Statistics (Photo: Courtesy of Accuweather)

    The #DRESSFORSTEM day first started in 2016 when female meteorologists all around the country chose to post stories to their public social media pages about the importance of females in STEM careers. And there's no doubt a lack of women in these fields, from computer technology to science, math, and more.

    #DRESSFORSTEM Statistics (Photo: Courtesy of Accuweather)

    So today, carrying out the Pi Day tradition, female meteorologists and scientists around the country are dressing in purple to show support for more women in these career fields, and hope to get young girls interested early in life. The day somehow morphed into wearing the color purple so there could be a tangible way for anyone to participate.

    Some of your friendly local meteorologists took part, too!

    StormTeam10 Meteorologist Christina Erne

    StormTeam10 Meteorologist Kelly Bates

    Mark even decided to represent the ladies Thursday night.

    StormTeam10 Chief Meteorologist Mark Searles

    Right now, women represent half of the total workforce in the US, but only 25 percent of STEM-related careers. The good news: AP computer science exams taken by high school girls has risen two percent from 2017 to 2018. That's something to celebrate!

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