Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Take your daughters and sons to work dayThursday April 27th we celebrate a very special day in the world of SheHeroes and Heroes, it’s Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day! Take your Daughters and Sons to Work Day falls on the Thursday of every April. The reason we celebrate on a Thursday each year is so that “girls and boys can take what they learn in workplaces on Thursday and apply it to the classroom on Friday. By involving whole communities—schools, girls and boys, parents, workplaces, and mentors—the program helps young people make connections between what they learn in school and their future goals.”

This year marks the 23th Anniversary of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day! This years theme is #CountOnMe.

Take Our Daughters To Work Day was created by Gloria Steinem and Marie Wilson and the Ms. Foundation as a response to research that showed that, by the 8th grade, many girls were dropping out of school, had low self-esteem, and lacked confidence. In 2003, after criticism, the name of the program was changed to ‘‘Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day’’ and the program began to include boys. The main goal of the program is to provide ‘‘innovative strategies that empower girls and boys to overcome societal barriers to reach their full potential’.’

In the years since its inception Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, has grown into one of the largest public awareness campaigns. The program boasts more than 37,000,000 participants annually in more than 3,000,000 organizations and workplaces in every State.

As Take your Daughters and Sons to Work Day enters into its 23rd year it’s a great opportunity to look back at what kind of difference the program has made. 20 years later the first daughters are now mothers themselves possibly taking their own daughters with them to work.

We would LOVE to hear your experience if you ever took part in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day! How did it shape your perception of the workplace and are participating now with your own SheHero?

We would LOVE to hear your experience if you ever took part in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day! How did it shape your perception of the workplace and are participating now with your own SheHero? Let us know here or on our Facebook page. And if you’re celebrating this week by taking your daughter or son to work, share a picture on our wall!

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My own SheHero with Attorney General Kamala Harris while "at work" with me.
My own SheHero with Senator Kamala Harris while “at work” with me.

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