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17 October 2008

Are You Ready For "Take Our Daughters To The Polls" Day?

With the U.S. ranking an astounding 71st in the world for women's political participation – comprising only 16% of the Senate, 23% of state legislatures, and 10% of big city mayors - the co-creators of "Take our Daughters to Work Day" have launched a national campaign to encourage political participation among girls, entitled "Take our Daughters to the Polls."

The White House Project and the Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Foundation, aims to have thousands of voters across the nation pledge to take their daughters and other important girls in their lives to the polls on Election Day.

"Children model their own dreams on what adults and society show them to be possible," said Marie Wilson, President of The White House Project. "By taking girls to the polls on Election Day, we teach them that they are a valuable part of the political process, and that their voice and their vote can make a difference."

"When we started 'Take our Daughters to Work Day' over fifteen years ago, we showed girls their unlimited potential in the workforce," said Carolyn McKecuen, President of the Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Foundation. "Now we need to teach our girls that they can succeed and lead in the political arena as well."

The campaign will encourage parents, grandparents, and other adults to pledge to take a young girl to the polls this Election Day, which can be signed and submitted online, while encouraging eligible voters to register.

The White House Project, a national, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization, works to advance a richly diverse, critical mass of women into leadership positions, up to and including the U.S. Presidency.

Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day program was founded to create an opportunity for girls and boys to share and communicate their expectations for the future.