The holiday was originally conceived as a feminist holiday meant for parents and their daughters, hence the name — until a men’s rights activist took legal action to demand that “Take Our Daughters To Work Day” include sons, reports Maria Solis.
According to Time, “Take Our Daughters to Work Day” was created in 1993 by Marie Wilson, Ms. Foundation president emerita, with hopes of giving young girls professional aspirations.
One of Wilson’s favorite stories about Take Our Daughters to Work Day, says Solis, was a particular anecdote of a girl looking around a newsroom and wondering aloud, “Why are there only white men here making the news?”
In 2002, men’s rights activist Joe Manthey filed a lawsuit against California’s Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, claiming they were supporting a “sexist event” with government spending. He lost. But the holiday eventually morphed into “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” in order to garner more funding.
Wilson insisted the holiday had always been meant to include boys but “she thought that sons might benefit more from learning about the domestic sphere, rather than the professional one,” notes Solis.