This morning fresh new faces will sit around boardroom tables across the entire country. The topic of conversation will switch from budgets, sales forecasts and marketing plans to Batman and Barbie as young Americans participate in the 16th annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
Designed to be more than a career day, the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation has created a nationally recognized program that highlights the value of education, the balance between work and home life, promotes self-esteem and provides children with an opportunity to speak about their career goals. The program was started in New York City in response to research that showed by the 8th grade many girls were dropping out of school, had low self-esteem and lacked confidence. In 2003 the name of program was changed to Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day to include males who were facing the same challenges.
It is now estimated that more than 33,000,000 participants in over 3,000,000 organizations throughout the entire United States take part in the annual event. Part of the program’s popularity with organizations and businesses is that “it also has the advantage of enhancing the work-life balance of employees, by providing a meaningful personal connection between their careers and families.” Notes Daniel Saad, Director of Communications for Tata Technologies, a company that participates in the annual event.
The program has become so popular that the United State’s Senate passed a resolution (S.RES.462) that officially recognizes Thursday, April 22, 2010 as Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.