NOTE FROM DR. WAYNE BAKER: This week, we welcome back our popular contributing columnist Terry Gallagher. This is the third column in this series …
Remember “Take Your Daughter to Work Day”?
I know it was expanded more than a decade ago to “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” And its current mission is to “inspire a future generation of girls and boys by helping bring them into the workplace to explore the many life choices they have.”
But the original impulse for the annual event, created by the Ms. Foundation in the early 1990s, was “designed to specifically address self-esteem issues unique to girls,” according to a Wikipedia entry. And that is still a very worthy cause. Because, despite their strong gains over the last two generations, women are still underrepresented in leadership roles in business, government and other sectors.
But what do we do about the boys? It’s pretty clear that adolescent boys are much worse off than girls the same age. They’re more likely to drop out of school, to be incarcerated, to abuse drugs and alcohol.
Boys are more likely than girls to be the victims of violent crimes, five times more likely to be victims of homicide. The suicide rate for teenage boys is three and a half times that for teenage girls.
Overall, the mortality rate for boys 15 to 19 is 2.4 times that for girls the same age.
Teenage boys are really suffering in our society today. When we wonder how men got the way they are, we ought to look at how they lived as teenagers.
Do you think taking them to work one day a year will make a difference?
Want to know more about the “talking points” concerning boys that I’ve listed today? Click the image, above, to view a printable PDF version from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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