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Take Your Daughter to Work Day

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Take Your Daughter to Work Day

Date of Take Your Daughter to Work Day: Fourth Thursday of April

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 purpose 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 mom or dad.

It quickly took off and became extremely popular. Girls would go off to work with mom or dad or even an aunt or uncle. They would spend the day seeing just what their sponsors 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 most blue collar jobs or where safety can be an issue.

It '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 to "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.

More Information:

Take your Daughter to work Day the official site

Ms. Foundation for Women

This Day in History

Highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier becomes the first person executed by guillotine. (1792)

Charles Fremantle arrives in HMS Challenger off the coast of modern-day Western Australia prior to declaring the Swan River Colony for the United Kingdom. (1829)

Thornton Affair: Open conflict begins over the disputed border of Texas, triggering the Mexican-American War. (1846)

The last survivors of the Donner Party are out of the wilderness. (1847)

The Governor General of Canada, Lord Elgin, signs the Rebellion Losses Bill, outraging Montreal's English population and triggering the Montreal Riots. (1849)

British and French engineers break ground for the Suez Canal. (1859)

American Civil War: The Union Army arrives in Washington, D.C. (1861)

American Civil War: Forces under Union Admiral David Farragut demand the surrender of the Confederate city of New Orleans, Louisiana. (1862)

American Civil War: The Battle of Marks' Mills. (1864)

Spanish-American War: The United States declares war on Spain. (1898)

New York becomes the first U.S. state to require automobile license plates. (1901)

U.S. Supreme Court delivers its opinion in Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins and overturns a century of federal common law. (1938)

The United Negro College Fund is incorporated. (1944)

Elbe Day: United States and Soviet troops meet in Torgau along the River Elbe, cutting the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany in two, a milestone in the approaching end of World War II in Europe. (1945)

Fifty nations gather in San Francisco, California to begin the United Nations Conference on International Organizations. (1945)

Francis Crick and James D. Watson publish "Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid" describing the double helix structure of DNA. (1953)

The St. Lawrence Seaway, linking the North American Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, officially opens to shipping. (1959)

The U.S. Navy submarine USS Triton completes the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe. (1960)

Robert Noyce is granted a patent for an integrated circuit. (1961)

American schoolgirl Samantha Smith is invited to visit the Soviet Union by its leader Yuri Andropov after he read her letter in which she expressed fears about nuclear war. (1983)

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  • PMAY0313
    1821 days ago
    Another limitation is jobs where confidentiality is an issue.
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