Also known as Take Your Child to Work Day, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is on April 23 this year. The job shadowing day is intended to give children a glimpse into the working world through the guidance of their parents. Take Our Daughters And Sons to Work Day was developed by a foundation of the same name. It’s a non-profit educational foundation designed to promote Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, a day that revolves around the ethos of future job prospects. It’s designed to inspire and build a strong educational foundation for young children. Celebrate this holiday with us by arranging for your child to come into the office, or to follow you on your daily tasks. We’re sure it will have a positive lasting effect!
History of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
Created in New York City in 1992, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day was not always as the name insists. The day was initially just for girls and was called Take Our Daughters to Work Day. The effect of the day was explosive and so it was then expanded in 2003 to include boys. Most companies agreed to accommodate any child, and the day was renamed to ‘‘Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day’’ and now occurs every fourth Thursday in April every year.
The president of the Ms. Foundation for Women, Marie Wilson and colleagues initially created Take Our Daughters To Work Day. Initially, the program was attempting to tackle self-esteem issues with young girls which was why boys were excluded. Friction was caused when educators chose not to participate as the curriculum of the day discouraged male involvement. April 22, 1993 kicked off the first initial day and it’s been celebrated since. Parents, schools, and children in over 3.5 million companies across the U.S, celebrate and plan ahead for the day every year. The day is usually scheduled on a school day and schools are tasked with preparing literature to promote the program.
The word ‘our’ references the nation’s children, the country’s daughters and sons which is relevant as the addition of boys was embraced by all in 2003. For this reason, some companies started calling it ‘‘Take Our Children to Work Day.’’
To provide both girls and boys with career opportunities, regardless of gender, flexibility was recommended and needed to prove the initial point of nurturing and inspiring young children. Males who hosted children claimed to have benefitted from being viewed as parental figures as well as being professionals which helped greatly in combating gender stereotypes.