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About Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Foundation

Designed to be more than a career day, the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® program goes beyond the average practice of "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, providing them an opportunity to share how they envision the future, and allowing them to begin steps toward their end goals in a hands-on and interactive environment is key to their achieving success.

The development of new, interactive activities and partnerships has helped us in taking girls and boys to the future they dream of. Thank you for joining us in celebration of our 28th anniversary!

Boldly Moving Forward is the 2021 theme for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day, which will be held on Thursday, April 22nd, 2021.

Participants are encouraged to post video, photos, and other online posts about how they have been influenced in their professional roles, as well as post conversation with children on topics such as Education Planning, Self Discovery and Bullying Prevention. Please tag all online posts with #boldymovingforward.

By bringing girls and boys together, we all contribute to creating a more equitable world-at home, at school, and in the workplace. This year, we are celebrating the opportunities that girls and boys will discover and the opportunities for parents, mentors, and the community to continue involvement in this unique educational experience.



2021, April 22

The theme will be "Boldy Moving Forward"

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2020, April 23

The planned theme was "Meet the Workplace Superstars"

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2019, April 25

The theme was "Workforce Development For All"

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2018, April 26

The theme was "Service Force: Agents of Positive Change"

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2017, April 27

The theme was "Count on Me!"

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2016, April 28

The theme was "Sparking Aha Moments."

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2015, April 23

The theme was "#MPOWR: Knowledge + Choice = Strength."

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2014, April 24

The theme was "Plant a Seed, Grow a Future."
The First Lady, Michelle Obama, hosted TODASTW Day for 150 children of White House staffers. Watch the YouTube video, or read the news article in The Washington Post.

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2013, April 25

The theme was "Work In Progress."

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2012, April 26

The theme was " Build Opportunity, Education, Empowerment, Experience." 20th Anniversary! The White House celebrates TODASTW Day. Watch the YouTube video of the First Lady welcoming guests.

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2011, April 28

The theme was " In The Future." The White House begins participating each for TODASTW Day.

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2010, April 22

The theme was " 1 Youth, 1 Dream, 2Morrow's Leader." the House of Representatives passes resolutions recognizing 4th Thursday of April in each year from 2010 - 2014 as official TODASTW Days.

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2009, April 23

The theme was " Building Partnerships to Educate and Empower." Requests from overseas countries cerning how to organize TODASTW Day in workplaces in their countries
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2008, April 24

The theme was " Making Choices for a Better World."
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2007, April 26

The theme was " Revolutionizing the Workplace."
The program transitioned into the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Foundation (TODASTWF). Carolyn McKecuen was named President fo the Foundation with the headquarters in Elizabeth City, NC.

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2006, April 27

The theme was "Shaping the Future."

2005, April 28

The theme was "Sharing Power & Possibility.'

2004, April 22

The theme was "Today's Vision, Tomorrow's Reality."

2003, April 24

The theme was " A New Generation At Work."

2002, April 25

10th Anniversary! The theme was " Change The Way The World Works." It was decided that young men could benefit as well, so they were added to the program and the focus were broadened to work, life, family and community.

2001, April 26

The theme was "The Girl Force of Today is the Work Force of Tomorrow."

2000, April 27

The theme was "Free to Be You and Me."

1999, April 22

The theme was "The Future Is Me."

1998, April 23

The theme was "Imagine A Day."

1997, April 24

The theme was "Five Years of Work Towards a Life Time of Confidence."

1996, April 25

The theme was "Vote For Me."

1995, April 27

The theme was "A Girl Is Watching."

1994, April 28

The theme was "Take Our Daughters To Work."

1993, April 22

The first celebration was held, but no theme was used. AP's Parade Magazine editor, Walter Anderson, having heard about the pilot program, interviewed Ms. Steinem, and the one-day local event went national. the Day was subsequently set to be celebrated on the 4th Thursday in April so that participants could return to school on Friday and discuss what they had learned with their firends, teachers, counselors, etc.


In the summer of 1992, the Ms. Foundation for Women in New York City and its president, Marie C. Wilson amd its founder Gloria Steinem began discussion over research finding that young women's loss of self-esteem was one of the reasons they were not doing well in schools and were making poor life choices. Carolyn McKecuen, a business consultant at the time, played an integral role in the development of the program.