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.
About the Foundation
The Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Foundation is dedicated to developing innovative strategies and research-based activities in informal educational programs that empower girls and boys in all sectors of society to confront and overcome societal messages about youth so that they may reach their full potential and live fulfilling lives. Through its leadership, expertise, and collaborations, the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Foundation advocates for changes in social policy and public awareness on behalf of youth.
2021, April 22 - The theme will be "Boldy Moving Forward"
2020, April 23 - The planned theme was "Meet the Workplace Superstars"
2019, April 25 - The theme was "Workforce Development For All"
2018, April 26 - The theme was "Service Force: Agents of Positive Change"
2017, April 27 - The theme was "Count on Me!"
2016, April 28 - The theme was "Sparking Aha Moments."
2015, April 23 - The theme was "#MPOWR: Knowledge + Choice = Strength."
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. View the news article in The Washington Post. View the YouTube video.
2013, April 25 - The theme was "Work In Progress."
2012, April 26 - The theme was " Build Opportunity, Education, Empowerment, Experience." 20th Anniversary! The White House celebrates TODASTW Day. View YouTube Video of the First Lady welcoming guests.
2011, April 28 - The theme was " In The Future." The White House begins participating each for TODASTW Day.
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.
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
2008, April 24 - The theme was " Making Choices for a Better World."
2007, April 26 - The theme was " Revolutionizing the Workplace." The program transitioned into the Take Our Daughters And Sns To Work (TODASTW) Foundation. Carolyn McKecuen was named President fo the Foundation with the headquarters in Elizabeth City, NC.
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.
1992 - 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.