It’s Take Your Daughters & Sons to Work Day!

Today is the MS. Foundation’s awesome annual event, “Take Your Daughters & Sons to Work Day” (It was just “Take Your Daughters to Work Day” until five years ago, when boys were added to the mix).

If you haven’t heard of this before, here’s how its described on their website: Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day is designed to expand opportunities for girls and boys, expose them to what adults in their lives do during the work day, show them the value of their education, and give them an opportunity to share how they envision their future. It is intended to be more than a career day.

I LOVE the idea of Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day (especially the daughters part). I think it’s so cool that millions of girls and boys around the country have the chance to spend a day “on the job” and see what really goes on behind the scenes. And girls who participate say it benefits them too. Here are some interesting stats from the MS. Foundation:

Girls believe the program improved their life…

  • Eighty-two percent believe that being involved exposed them to things they would not have experienced otherwise.
  • Eighty-seven percent agree that participating made them feel special and appreciated.
  • Eighty-two percent agree the experience strengthened their relationship with a parent or other adult in their life.

Have you participated in Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day, either this year or in the past? I’d love to post some stories from teens about their experiences, so please either leave a comment here, or email me with your thoughts!

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PS… This morning my publisher, Simon Pulse, handed out free mini-versions of my new career book for teen girls, In Their Shoes, at Grand Central Station in NYC to daughters taking part in the day as a way to celebrate…how cool is that?

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