CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 8, 1999
UI encourages employees to take daughters to work April
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)
Opening Remarks by UI volleyball coach and Olympian Rita Crockett
Tour of Hancher Auditorium
Tour of the Iowa Driving Simulator at the UI Engineering
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
Closing Activity: Group session Lucas-Dodge Room,
"Movement and Music" with Deb Singer, owner of Spirit
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available on the
Web at <http://www.uiowa.edu/~oaa/daughter.htm>.
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.