2001: Take Our Daughters to Work Day

2001 Ella Dowell Facilitates Take Our Daughters to Work Day

On April 25, 2001, 15 girls ages 9 to 14 graced the Penn State Harrisburg campus to attend workshops for the first Take Our Daughters to Work Day. The Penn State Harrisburg Liaison Committee of the Commission for Women organized the day with the help of senior student Ella Dowell.

During the day, the girls toured the library and the Alice Marshall Women’s History Collection in the Archives and Special Collections, the radio station, the newspaper facilities, and the gym, and attended multiple workshops:

  • Safety issues by Marlene Jarbeck
  • Taste of Tuscany by JoAnn Coleman
  • Health and Esteem Issues by Marylou Martz
  • Web Page Design by Dr. Gayle Yaverbaum

Dowell—who was a graduate in spring 2001 with a B.S. in criminal justice and was the staff assistant to the undergraduate director—helped to facilitate Take Our Daughters to Work Day in 2001, 2002, and 2003. As a student she was also a Capital Times writer and on the dean’s list. While earning her degree, she was married and had two daughters. Prior to joining the Penn State Harrisburg community, she earned her associate’s degree in life science and biology from HACC.

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