Originally focused on just girls, Take Our Daughters To Work Day was created in New York City in 1992 by the Ms. Foundation for Women with support from foundation founder Gloria Steinem, in response to 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. In 2003 the program was expanded to include boys although many companies that celebrated the day included boys from the beginning. Over the years the program has expanded to go beyond the average practice of “shadowing” an adult to exposing girls and boys to the value of education, helping them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life and providing them an opportunity to share how they envision the future.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary, the Take Our Sons and Daughters To Work Day theme was Service Force, Agents of Positive Change.