Maine’s First “Send Your Daughter To Work Day” Gets Mixed Reviews

Girl at WorkToday was Maine’s first “Send Your Daughter To Work Day”.  The gist of which was that parents could take the day off as long as they sent a female offspring to work in their stead.

Governor LePage has talked up this day for  months, telling Mainers that it would empower the young females of Maine, and send out a positive, supportive message to girls throughout the state.

This Modern Philosopher can only report on what he saw at his place of work today, but I can tell you that I wasn’t a huge fan of the day by the time I clocked out at 5:00.  As one of the very few people in my office without a daughter, I was one of only a handful of adults at work today.

little-girl-on-phoneAt first, it was a hoot.  My “coworkers” for the day ranged in age from 5 – 17.  It was cute watching the littlest ones climb up into the oversized office chairs and fiddle with the complicated phones on the desks.  It was funny listening to them talk on the phone and try to pronounce some of the complex, tongue tying, medical terminology that is part of the job.  It was adorable watching their eyes light up with joy when they made multiple copies of their hands and faces on the photocopier.

After a few hours, however, it became obvious that the only actual work that was going to get done was by the “real”employees.  Those kids had no clue how to do handle the job.  They allowed angry callers to rattle them to the point where they broke down and cried.  Some of them didn’t know how to tell time, so they set up appointments at such hours as “thirty-two o’clock”.  Even the more computer savvy daughters didn’t know the passwords to get onto the various websites we use, or have the knowledge to run the reports needed to finish a task.

Girls signOf course, once nap time hit, three quarters of our temporary workforce was useless.  The ones who were too old for naps, spent their time texting, surfing the internet, and calling other companies for higher paying jobs.  It was a total disaster!

I wound up having to do much more work than usual, and was a frazzled mess by the end of the day.  I don’t think our customers were too pleased, but they should have realized what today was and waited until tomorrow to call.  Maybe they just had too much time on their hands, though, because they had sent their daughters to work in their place and then didn’t know what to do with themselves all day…

My sources in Governor LePage’s office were unable to comment because they were not at work.  I tried to get information out of their daughters, but the poor kids didn’t seem to have a clue what I was asking when they finally figured out how to answer the phone and take my call.

I am a huge supporter of “Bring Your Daughter To Work Day”, but I don’t think I’ll be demanding that this little experiment has a sequel in 2014.

What do you think, Modern Philosophers?  Am I being a little harsh because I got stuck doing all of the work today?  Don’t child labor laws protect all of us (adults and children) from this sort of work experience?  In case this does get scheduled again for next year, does anyone have a daughter I can send to work in my place?

I look forward to your comments, and since I don’t have a daughter to put to work replying to them, I will answer all of them myself…

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Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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44 Responses to Maine’s First “Send Your Daughter To Work Day” Gets Mixed Reviews

  1. You are responsible for so much of my laughter, and yes, that’s a compliment. So, how does it work? Do I hit fb again to post or will it automatically go to my page now?

  2. Hollie says:

    Dangit, I didn’t have a daughter I could send to work in my stead. I tried to get my dad to bring me to the “bring your daughter to work day” when he was an engineer but he said I would piss everyone off because I was smarter that they are. I think I was 10 or 11 at the time. He’d bring home problems (mostly math) that they encountered during the day and he would see if I could figure them out. Sometimes I would come to a different conclusion than his colleague that actually had a engineering degree (dad didn’t) and I would be correct. They did not appreciate when he came to work with “damnit man my ten year old daughter can do this shit and you can’t!” He didn’t work there very long. I inherited a low tolerence for morons from him.

  3. You could always adopt a daughter and specifically train her to do your job. If she gets too good at it, you may get replaced, but what’s life without a little danger? It’s oatmeal. Oatmeal, I say!

  4. I would SO send my 7-year-old, except that she would unfortunately take over the entire place by the end of the day, and then I’d end up working for her.

  5. floridaborne says:

    Be grateful it was only the kids running amok. I can tell you without a doubt that if there were a “bring your mother to work” day the damage would be worse. Can you imagine your mother doing your job? My son is a professor who teaches 2 languages. I can ask “Where is the bathroom” in both. That’s it. His students would just love stories about his antics at the age of 3. Or maybe they’d like to see pictures of him at 15? My daughter is a sales rep. With my lack of sales ability she’d lose all her clients in 2 hours. At least the kids are cute. 🙂

  6. queenlorene says:

    Unfortunately they don’t let nurses bring their kids to work due to infection control, patient confidentiality and the stress/painful procedures. As a pediatric dialysis nurse, I take blood out of patients for their treatment, something that many people (including nursing students) cant tolerate.

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  8. Lana says:

    That is hilarious. I think it’s a dumb idea. Kids should be kids, not future career props. Maybe if it was okay teens…..

  9. dhonour says:

    I think that what you described isn’t so far off of the behavior of most adults I know at work!

  10. Oh you poor sod! Could I suggest coming down with something contagious next year should the same thing occur? Sometimes, avoidance is the only answer…

  11. ksbeth says:

    i have 3 i will send your way )

  12. LucyJartz says:

    My daughter has a very cool job with crazy fun people at t a 3D printing development company. I don’t think I could even bribe her to swap jobs with me for a day, and I’m sure I couldn’t figure hers out. I’d probably end up spending the day playing with the copier.

  13. Very entertaining, what’s next? Bring your pet to work day? Kids and pets day?

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