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Will You Participate In Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day?

Thursday is Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day. Will you participate?

This year's theme is "1 Youth, 1 Dream, 2Morrow's Leader." This is how the official website describes it:

This year the theme - 1 youth, 1 dream, 2morrow's leader - is written in texting format and is open to numerous discussions concerning what youth dream about and what creates a leader. The theme should encourage discussions among participants concerning the dreams they have, the dreams other people in their lives have, and the dreams of those persons who have become great leaders such as Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Oprah Winfrey, and other individuals that have opened doors like Dr. Mae Jemison, J. K. Rowling, and Sonia Sotomayor. In addition, the discussions by the youth will help them understand that all leaders don't have to be famous nor influence millions of people.

Here are a few interesting facts about the program:

It used to be called "Take Our Daughters To Work Day," a name that arose from research indicating that too many girls were directionless and dropping out of school as early as eighth grade.

In 2003, the program was renamed "Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day" to acknowledge that boys can face similar learning challenges and peer pressures at school.

More than 33 million people and 3 million workplaces take part in Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day every year.

It always happens on the fourth Thursday in April.

The program is aimed at kids ages eight to 18.

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) sponsored a bill last month designating April 22, 2010 as Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

Another tidbit: This year's lead sponsor is Barbie. Goldman Sachs is also a sponsor. I guess Goldman Sachs can afford the sponsorship since it just reported more than $3 billion in profits last quarter. I'm waiting for Derivatives Trader Barbie who says things like, "Yeah, now Grandma Millie wants her f------g money back for all the power you've charged right up, jammed right up her a------ for f------g $250 a megawatt hour." Oh, nevermind. I digress. Besides, Barbie thinks math is hard.

Of course, I have to wonder about this year's participation levels on Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day given the high unemployment rate. Many unemployed (and underemployed) parents could decide to send Junior to school instead. That is, unless they want to keep kiddo home to take part in Paste In My Resume And Hit "Send" Day or Take Out The Recycling Before Scanning Online Job Boards Day. In this recession the possibilities for creating your own themes are endless, aren't they?


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