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Take Our Daughters to Work Day is April 24

April 16, 2008 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- For the 14th consecutive year, Northwestern University will participate in "Take Our Daughters to Work Day" Thursday, April 24. The program offers girls an opportunity to interact with women participating in a wide variety of careers and occupations.

Last year, 269 girls, aged 8 to 16, participated in Northwestern's observance of the Ms. Foundation-sponsored event. About 300 girls are expected to attend the 2008 events.

Once again the emphasis will focus on science, math, technology and computer science and the related career options open to women in these fields.

This year, participants can choose from 15 tour tracks in Evanston and six tour tracks in Chicago.

In Evanston, there are new workshops on biomedical engineering, entrepreneurship, engineering and the environment, quilting, physical self-defense and empowerment, fitness, genetics, laboratory science, movies, music, nanotechnology, pottery making, public speaking, teamwork skills for business, radio/television and film and theater games. A workshop on international travel will include presentations on living and traveling abroad, and viewing artifacts, pictures and maps of various countries. A few members of the Northwestern Women's Soccer Team will meet, greet and answer questions about being a collegiate athlete at a top academic institution.

This year the Chicago campus has new workshops on anatomy, genetics, orthotics and prosthetics, and veterinary medicine. The Law School will stage a mock trial that will demonstrate how today's legal system works.

To help make the annual event a success, the planning committee urgently needs volunteers to serve as chaperones on the Evanston campus from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To volunteer, contact Njoki Kamau at (847) 491-2734 or e-mail ngk@northwestern.edu. Volunteers may phone Kamau as late as 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 22.

"Take Our Daughters to Work Day" was created to help girls focus on what they can accomplish in their own lives and provide positive academic and professional role models.

Staff and faculty members who would like to sponsor a daughter, granddaughter, niece, or a young neighbor or friend must complete a registration form for either the Chicago or Evanston campus. The registration form is available online at http://www.northwestern.edu/womencenter/daughters.

After clicking the Web link, read through the information, select your campus, then print out the registration form. After scanning the online Tour Track listing, select the top five preferences. Bring the completed registration form and a fee of $10 per sponsor and girl to the Women's Center on your selected campus.

This year's Take Our Daughters to Work Day is cosponsored by the Take Our Daughters to Work Day Committee, the Women's Center, the Association of Northwestern University Women (ANUW), the Office of the President, Office of the Senior Vice President for Business and Finance; Provost's Office, Kellogg School of Management, Office of Change Management, Information Technology and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.