Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, launched nationally by Parade. I am fortunate enough to work for an organization that not only understands work/life balance but embraces it. To mark the occasion, we had a group of six children in the office ranging from infants to age seven. Interestingly, they were all girls. Check out a few photos here thanks to PRWeek.
As I commuted into the city with my twin girls, many commented on the huge number of youngsters on the train. And while Peppercomm’s group happened to be all female – as did many on the train, the majority of those commenting assumed it was Take Our Daughters to Work Day. I wondered why that was. Is it simply because more women tend to participate and happen to have daughters who join them? Or do we think that girls will be more engaged (read: behave better)?
As part of their coverage, Parade, the magazine that launched this tradition nationally, published a story about Jackie DiMarco, Ford’s lead engineer on the F-150 pickup. Jackie happens to be a woman and have twin daughters. She uses the day to encourage her daughters’ interest in math and science, and I hope, to dispel the ongoing stereotype that girls (and women) are not as interested or as talented in these fields of work.
The article focused on her rise in this particularly male dominated field where some have assumed prior to meeting her that she would be male and others have assumed that she would be more understanding of family commitments than a male manager would. Her response? Why would you think that?
Bravo to Parade for focusing in on what continues to be an issue in the workplace even though many believe it’s not.
Special thanks to Peppercomm’s culture committee for making this a meaningful experience (and truth be told, wrangling cats!).