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Happy Take Our Daughters To Work Day. 9 million girls ages 9-14 will visit workplaces around the world today. We have some girls visiting our offices today (not counting the girl and boys that are under 5 years of age in our on-site day care). I thought I would tell ya'll about why it exists. And maybe get your thoughts.


While most boys are influenced early on to plan for a lifetime of work and career development, many girls are not. The reality is, however, that most women work outside the home for pay most of their lives. In addition, studies indicate that when girls and boys are together in a coed group, more attention is given to the boys. These are two basic reasons why the Ms. Foundation thinks it's important to set aside a special day to introduce girls to public workplaces without boys present. We are also aware that many boys are in need of mentors and career guidance; that’s why we’ve developed special activities to use with boys on the day of TAKE OUR DAUGHTERS TO WORK.

Research also shows that girls approach their teen years with confidence and enthusiasm - then, at adolescence, girls experience some disturbing and unhealthy changes. Adolescent girls tend to have lower expectations for their futures than boys do. They suffer a greater loss of sel-esteem than boys. During their teen years, girls begin to measure their self-worth by their physical appearance, while boys value themselves by their abilities. Girls also tend to receive less attention than boys in school and extracurricular activities.

These are serious problems and issues. The Ms. Foundation for Women created TAKE OUR DAUGHTERS TO WORK DAY as part of the solution. It is an intervention at the time in their lives when girls need it most. When you bring a girl to work with you on TAKE OUR DAUGHTERS TO WORK DAY, you give her the message that she’s important enough to warrant adult attention. In offices, city halls, restaurants, courtrooms and research labs, girls see that women have a range of life options, and they receive needed encouragement for what they can DO with their lives. From the feedback girls, parents, and teachers have given the Ms. Foundation about participating in TAKE OUR DAUGHTERS TO WORK, it is clear that this educational program helps ensure that girls remain resilient, self-confident - and in school - throughout their teen years.
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