On Thursday, April 23, 2015, it’s Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day! We did a little research about this special day and learned a lot. Did you know that the day was initiated in 1993 by Ms. Foundation for Women? The intention was to give girls additional direct attention and an insight into work world opportunities available to them.
Its popularity quickly sparked interest by the boys, who soon felt left out and were required to go to school for the day, while the girls “got the day off”. As a result, the day has turned into “Take Your Son or Daughter to Work Day” in many areas. 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.
According to TakeOurDaughtersToWork.org, this day was designed to be more than a career day. The Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work program goes beyond the average practice of “shadowing” an adult. Exposing girls and boys to what a parent or mentor in their lives does during the work day is important, but showing them the value of their education, helping them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life, providing them an opportunity to share how they envision the future, and allowing them to begin steps toward their end goals in a hands-on and interactive environment is key to their achieving success.
This year’s theme is: #MPower.