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UI encourages employees to take daughters to work April 23

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- On Thursday, April 23 American workplaces will be filled with the young faces of the next generation of female workers, as parents and daughters participate in "Take Our Daughters to Work Day." The University of Iowa has developed a University-wide program in honor of this day to which all school-age children are welcome.

The UI program will include several speakers from the university and the community as well as age-appropriate activities for those who participate. The day's events are sponsored by Office of Affirmative Action, the Women in Science and Engineering program, the Office of the Vice President for Finance and University Services, and the Provost's Office.

The speakers and programs are aimed at girls but there will be information provided to address the developmental needs of boys as well. Diane Finnerty, diversity resource coordinator in the UI Office for Affirmative Action, said that the UI uses the national program because it focuses on a particular need regarding girls' self esteem. "The needs of girls and boys are equally important and quite different," she said. "Take Our Daughters to Work Day is designed to address the developmental needs of girls at a very critical time in their lives. In balancing their future work/life paths, girls need encouragement to focus on establishing work and ability-related goals."

"Boys need more encouragement to focus on balancing the "life" portion of the equation which includes family and relationships. We are selling both genders short -- but in different ways," Finnerty added.

This distinction is the primary reason the Ms. Foundation launched the program in 1993 in response to studies by Harvard University, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and the Minnesota Women's Fund which indicate disturbing findings regarding girls' self-esteem and intellectual development.

Following is a tentative schedule of events for UI Take Our Daughters to Work Day:

Lunch: Catered box lunch for $5 or bring your own. (Iowa Room, IMU)

Opening Remarks and Overview of the Day, TODTW Organizing Committee and Iowa Women's Basketball Coach Angie Lee.

1-2 p.m.
"Surfing the 'Net," Information Arcade, Main Library

1-2 p.m.
"Places Everyone!" Behind-the-scenes look at theatre arts with Professor Harriette Pierce, UI theatre department faculty and artistic director for Black Action Theatre (UI Theatre Building)

2:15-3:30 p.m.
Activity Stations for Younger Kids (ages 5-10) (Iowa Room, IMU) featuring:
"Organic Farming" with Janette Ryan-Bush, Fae Ridge Farm
"Science You Can Eat" and "Geometry and Quilting" with WISE Science Ambassadors
"Exploring the Arts"

2:15-3:30 p.m.
Career Role Models for Older Kids (ages 10+) (Penn State Room, IMU) featuring:
Kelly Schulz, KCRG news anchor ("Women in Front of the Camera");
Kathryn Neal, archivist and curator, African American Women's Archives ("Recording Our Histories"); Beth Ingram,
assistant professor, UI economics department ("Building a Beanie Baby Portfolio")
Women in the skilled trades.

3:45-4:30 p.m.
Closing Activity: Interactive Movement Program (Iowa Room, IMU)
Rani Welch, choreographer and artistic director with the Highly Trained Pedestrians Dance Troupe Interactive Activity

RSVPs to the Office of Affirmative Action are requested for all events and should be received by Monday, April 20. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action, 335-0705 (voice), 335-0697 (text), or (email).

Co-sponsors of the UI program include the Association of University Women, the Women's Resource and Action Center, and the Iowa Women's Foundation. In addition, the UIHC department of internal medicine has developed a "Kids' Day" program for families of parents employed within the internal medicine department. Parents employed at the University of Iowa are encouraged to participate in the university's activities if participation is consistent with the university requirements regarding safety and patient care in their work environments.