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Today Is 'Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day:' Are You Participating?

By amberdoty |

If you haven’t heard already, today is the nationally recognized and Senate-endorsed “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” The program began as a response to a study that revealed that by 8th grade many girls suffered from low self-esteem and were choosing to drop out of school. It was originally called “Take Our Daughters to Work Day,” but was amended in 2003 to include boys who may also have a lack of self-confidence.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the program and I hope it continues. My 3-year-old daughter is a bit young for the laboratory setting in which I currently work, but when she gets a little older it is a day I plan to participate in with her. Since I work in the field of math and science, an area that is currently male-dominated, it’s an opportunity to prove to her that, despite societal norms, her gender is not career-limiting. 

I love the idea of giving my daughter an insider’s view of what it’s really like to work in an office. My own experience in a professional business setting was limited to years of watching scenes from television sitcoms and movies, a depiction that gave me about as much insight into working in a business environment as watching Saved By the Bell gave me into the lives of high school students. That is to say, none at all. There is no substitute for a real world experience.

The day is as much about helping our children recognize their potential as it is instilling in them the importance of choosing their careers wisely, a choice I might have made differently had I participated in the program in my youth.

Will you be taking your son or daughter to work today?

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Amber Doty is a writer, scientist, wife, and mother to two boys. On Babble, Amber wrote for both Strollerderby and KidScoop about parenting news, pop culture, raising school-age children and general parenting tips. More of her work can be found on her website, The Daily Doty.

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0 thoughts on “Today Is 'Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day:' Are You Participating?

  1. Rosana says:

    Sadly, no!!! My boss will go nuts since he openly talks about wanting to get away from his own kids. Not that my kids will cause trouble, the behave great but just kids presence makes him get a little nervous.

  2. Carly says:

    My sister works for an Ivy League university, they have “Take a Child to Work Day.” She brought my nephew. He was enormously impressed with the school, and all it encompasses. He is an exceptionally smart kid, so we’re hoping that he may have been inspired to want to go to college and work hard to do so. I think the fact that the university designates the day as for a “child” and not a “son or daughter,” it becomes more inclusive and may give more professionals a reason and a desire to share their work experience with the children in their lives.

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