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 many blue collar jobs, or where safety can be an issue.
It ‘s 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.
In 2014, Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Foundation reflects on its years of experience education and empowering youth of America. Since 1993, the spirit of those first involved in the first seminal celebration of the Day have been with its organizers and participants alike in their tireless work to envision creative and groundbreaking ways to engage the youth of America in the realization of their hopes and dreams.
In fact, those first Daughters were the focus of the program’s original research when it was founded in June of 1992, and have grown and seen many changes in the world of work. Moreover, those Sons who officially joined our program in 2003 have seen many changes, too. This year, perhaps more than any other, affords us all a chance to reflect on participating in Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work for over two decades.
Of course, the opportunity for us to continue our work would not be possible without the strong support you have given us throughout the years. So, “Plant a Seed, Grow a Future” is a celebration of the renewed success of the program year after year, and the encouragement each of you has provided to make that happen. It is also a chance for us to mark what has become a very special contribution to the American workforce and students by educating and empowering youth and providing them with experiences they might not have had otherwise.
In looking ahead, “Plant a Seed, Grow a Future” suggests that an even bigger and brighter future is ahead for all our nation’s daughters and sons. It reminds our youth to be brave as they dream seemingly impossible dreams, explore new challenges, and attain the success they have always hoped for in education, work, home, and in their communities. Such futures are possible because mentors, like those involved in Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® provide a steady foundation for them to grow and build upon.
It is difficult to express just how proud we are of reaching such a landmark 21th year. However, we realize each of you takes pride in this achievement, too, because it is also a reflection for your many years’ hard work. Whether you have been with the program 2, 12, or over 20 years, this is also a celebration of you. And, if this is your first time participating we welcome you in joining us as we celebrate by “Plant a Seed, Grow a Future” on Thursday April 24, 2014.
The 2014 twenty first year anniversary:
Celebrates Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day program’s unique contributions to youth and the American workforce for two decades
- Suggests working together encouraging youth to create new pathways towards opportunity and success through participation in Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work
- Provides an opportunity not only to reflect on such a landmark achievement, but also to use that reflection as a stepping stone to continue this important work of education and empowering the youth of America
- Invites workplaces to share their experiences, both in the importance of education and what it takes to empower others to reach their potential