This U.S. Tradition Allows Employees to Bring Their Children Into Work for a Day

Filed in American Culture by on April 26, 2017 0 Comments

Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” is an annual U.S. tradition celebrated on the fourth Thursday of April. Millions of families and organizations participate in the effort to reinforce the value of an education, interact in a workplace environment, and ultimately expand opportunities.

According to Carolyn McKecuen, Executive Director of the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Foundation, the tradition looks to provide a roadmap for children’s success both in and out of the workplace:

Designed to be more than a career day, the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work program goes beyond the average “shadowing” an adult. Exposing girls and boys to what a parent or mentor in their lives does during the work day is important, but showing them the value of their education, helping them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life, and providing them an opportunity to share how they envision the future and begin steps toward their end goals in a hands-on and interactive environment is key to their achieving success.

The 2017 theme “Count on Me!” aims to teach children the significance of dependability. It is a chance to show children that we are stronger when we uplift and support one another. Participating companies create their own agendas for the day, including:

  • Meet-and-greets or lunch with the staff
  • Group projects related to the company’s work
  • One-on-one time between the child and the adult they are accompanying

Even the White House has proudly participated in this event for over a decade. In 2016, it was hosted by then-First Lady Michelle Obama, who welcomed over 250 kids into her home.

This unique educational program was founded in 1993 by activist Gloria Steinem and the Ms. Foundation for Women. The event was originally called “Take Our Daughters to Work Day.” Its initial mission was to demonstrate to young girls that women could, and do, succeed in the workforce. In 2003, the event was expanded to include boys as well.

In light of this year’s theme, it is important to acknowledge how the U.S. counts on immigrant workers and non-immigrant exchange visitors who add value to the American labor market and constantly serve as positive role models to younger generations.