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Release: April 8, 1999

UI encourages employees to take daughters to work April 22

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- On Thursday, April 22 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 the 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 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 that girls' self-esteem and intellectual development plummet as they advance toward adolescence.

The UI speakers and programs are focused on the needs of girls but boys are welcome to the day's programs, and 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. To address these needs, the UI WorkLife Program will be coordinating an event in the fall called, 'Prepare Our Sons for Life.' I am excited to work with them to develop this innovative program because research shows that girls and boys sometimes need gender-specific contexts to address their gender-specific needs," Finnerty added.

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

Lunch: Catered box lunch for $5.00 or bring your own. (Lucas-Dodge Room, 256 IMU)

12:30-12:45 p.m.
Opening Remarks by UI volleyball coach and Olympian Rita Crockett

1:00-2:00 p.m.
Tour of Hancher Auditorium
Tour of the Iowa Driving Simulator at the UI Engineering Research Facility

2:15-3:30 p.m.
Activity Stations for Younger Kids (ages 5-10) Miller Room, 259 IMU
Career Role Models for Older Kids (ages 10 and older) Lucas-Dodge Room, 256 IMU

3:45-4:30 p.m.
Closing Activity: Group session Lucas-Dodge Room, 256 IMU
"Movement and Music" with Deb Singer, owner of Spirit and Motion

RSVPs to the Office of Affirmative Action are requested for all events and should be received by Monday, April 19. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action, 335-0705 (voice), 335-0697 (text), or Information is also available on the Web at <>.

Co-sponsors of the UI program include the Association of University Women, Council on the Status of Women, the Women's Resource and Action Center, UI WorkLife Program, and the Iowa Women's Foundation.