Since 1993 the nation has celebrated “National Take Our Children to Work Day.” The “National Take Our Children to Work Day” is recognized on the fourth Thursday in April each year. In 2003 the “National Take our Daughters to Work Day” expanded to also include boys. Most companies allow both girls and boys to participate since the beginning, renaming the day “Take Our Children to Work Day.”Per Time’s article the idea of “Take Our Daughters to Work Day” came from Carol Gilligan’s research looking at how adolescent girls started to lose their sense of who they were. At the time women weren’t supposed to question boys and you weren’t supposed to know much of anything.*
Currently women in the United States earn 60% of undergraduate degrees and 60% of master’s degrees. We hold 52% of all professional-level jobs and contribute $7.6 trillion to the gross domestic product. Forty-two percent of women are the sole or primary breadwinners for their families. Sadly, fewer than 5% of Fortune 500 companies have a female CEO furthermore less than 17% of Fortune 500 board members are women.*
I recall as a child going to my mom’s work on ““National Take Our Children to Work Day” ” and I had a blast. It was so fun seeing so many successful women in the work place plus we got out of school for that day, can’t beat that.
I encourage everyone to celebrate not just one day of the year for “Take Our Children to Work Day” but several days throughout the year. It encourages girls especially to see successful women in the work force.
Have a happy “National Take Our Children to Work Day” !
*Source and cited from: Time, Insight, daughtersandsonstowork.org, and United States Department of Labor