Weather Girls


Where did the Weather Girl stereotype come from? H. Armstrong Roberts/ClassicStock/Getty Images
Where did the Weather Girl stereotype come from? H. Armstrong Roberts/ClassicStock/Getty Images

CORRECTION: We mistakenly say Afro-Brazilian weathercaster Maria Júlia Coutinho founded the anti-racism organization Criola. In fact, Jurema Werneck founded Criola. She launched the campaign "Virtual racism, real consequences" in response to a flood of racist Facebook comments directed at Coutinho, who is Brazil's first black primetime TV weathercaster. Via BBC.

Episodes sources:

"Brazil Is Putting Racists On Blast By Putting Their Racist Messages On Billboards Near Their Homes." Clutch. http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2015/12/brazil-is-putting-racists-on-blast-by-putting-their-racist-messages-on-billboards-near-their-homes/

"Dianne White Clatto, Nation's First Black TV Weathercaster." St. Louis Public Radio. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/obituary-dianne-white-clatto-nation-s-first-black-tv-weathercaster#stream/0

"Female meteorologist in LA given sweater on air to cover skin, Twitter erupts." Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-female-meteorologist-sweater-ktla-20160516-story.html

"Hell Yeah, Black Girls Run the Weather!" Ebony. http://www.ebony.com/career-finance/hell-yeah-black-girls-run-the-weather#axzz4PHeVSTHa

"I Was the BBC's First Female Weather Presenter." The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/9922423/I-was-the-BBCs-first-female-weather-presenter.html

"Television: A Change in the Weather." The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1996/02/18/arts/television-a-change-in-the-weather.html

"TV Meteorologist Fires Back at Haters Who Shamed Her Pregnant Body." Yahoo. https://www.yahoo.com/news/tv-meteorologist-fires-back-at-haters-who-shamed-127165537817.html

"Weather Work for Women." LIFE. https://books.google.com/books?id=FlQEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA8&dq=weather+work+for+women&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjwxMPYz5XQAhXCLSYKHWBZAHoQ6AEIHTAA#v=onepage&q=weather%20work%20for%20women&f=false

"Women and Weather Jobs: The Big Freeze-Out." Frank N. Associates, Inc. http://www.magid.com/node/159

"Women TV Meteorologists Love This $22.99 Dress From Amazon." Buzzfeed. https://www.buzzfeed.com/claudiakoerner/tv-women-meteorologists-love-this-2299-dress-from-amazon?utm_term=.bcmBkMQ2#.sv53ZY85

Academic insights:

"Weather Girls: An International Issue." Claudia Padovani. University of Padova. June 2016. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/305658993_The_weather_girls_an_international_issue

"'Weather Girls' On the Big Screen: Stereotypes, Sex Appeal and Science." Nyssa Perryman and Sandra Theiss. American Meteorological Society. March 2014. http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/BAMS-D-12-00079.1