Take Your Daughter to Work Day
About Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day
When is Take Your Daughter to Work Day? This holiday is observed on the fourth Thursday in April
Today is Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Acting on research that showed adolescent girls received less attention than boys, this day was initiated in 1993 by the Ms. Foundation for Women. The intention was to give girls additional direct attention and an insight into work world opportunities available to them. It was to serve the multiple purposes of increased self-esteem for young girls, as well as give them some ideas of the wealth of careers in the world. Thirdly, it allowed them more one-on-one time with their mom or dad.
Take your Daughter to Work Day quickly took off and became extremely popular. Girls would go off to work with mom or dad, or even an aunt or uncle. They spend the day seeing just what their sponsor’s job involved. It was limited only by the practicality of allowing a youthful, non-employee in a particular job environment. It works well in office environments, but proves impractical in many blue-collar factory jobs, or where safety is an issue. Businesses usually support this day, often holding special programs and demonstrations about the company and the jobs offered.
The popularity of Take Your Daughters to Work Day quickly sparked interest by the boys, who felt left out and were required to go to school for the day, while the girls “got the day off”. Over several years, more and more parents and employers made this opportunity available to boys as well as girls. While this takes away from the original intent to give more attention to adolescent girls, it has become a valuable and popular career day opportunity for girls and boys alike.
How to Celebrate Take Your Daughter to Work Day
- Take your children to work today.
- Set this up as a teaching moment so they see firsthand certain careers and what they entail.
- Give them an actual work task, if possible.
- Set up tours of your job and company or organization.
- Encourage your employer to participate.
- At the end of the day, ask your child what he or she has learned, and if they see a potential career for them as a result of today’s activities.
Other Names for This Special Event
As this day has evolved, it has taken on a number of names, including:
- Take our Daughter to Work Day
- Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day
- Take Your Children to Work Day
Regardless of what you name it, this special day is a great teaching opportunity, providing children with an insight into different careers available to them. It will be a memorable day fro you and your children.
A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – – Lao Tzu
History and Origin of Take Your Daughter to Work Day
This special event was created by Nell Merlino, an artist who also ran a communications firm. In addition, Nell also served as a consultant to the Ms. Foundation for Women.
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