The history of women undertaking meteorological work dates back more than 100 years at the Hong Kong Observatory. At the end of the 19th century, Ms Annie Doberck became the first female meteorological personnel of the Observatory. Her duty included liaison with ships in the Victoria Harbour and extracting weather information from their navigation log books. Nowadays, the number of female meteorological personnel at the Observatory is rising. They perform important duties in a variety of positions. Some of their working photos are included in a 2016 album of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) titled "Women in Action".
All along, females are minority in the meteorology profession. A study of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) shows that only 29% of the world's researchers are women and that women are underrepresented in scientific and technological disciplines (Note 1). "Women in Action" is an album compiled by WMO to encourage females to study meteorology and join the profession, with photos illustrating the remarkable work done by women in meteorological and hydrological services around the world.