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April-25-96

High Participation Expected Today For "Take Our Daughters to Work Day"

Today is the Fourth annual Take Our Daughters to Work Day, and the founder of the event, The Ms. Foundation, hopes that the popularity of this years event will surpass the five million girls who took part in the 1995 event. The first Take Our Daughters To Work was launched in 1993 partly in response to highly publicized research that proved that girls were receiving less attention and encouragement in their schools and career training than their male peers. The event immediately became a success due to the overwhelming support from concerned educators and parents who had witnessed many young girls' confidence decrease and grades drop as they approached adolescence. The program focuses on young girls' aspirations, abilities, and interests before they fall victim to the violence, sexism, and teen pregnancy that prey on millions of young women The Ms. Foundation provides information and organizing tools for employers to get involved in the event. The Ford Motor Corporation, which participated last year, exemplifies the need for programs that recruit girls into typically male dominated fields; only one of their 34 vice presidents is a woman, and there are only two are among directors; unfortunately these statistics are common among other corporations and high paying executive jobs.

Media Resources: The New York Times - April 25, 1996