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Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

First Lady Michelle Obama hosts this year's "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day," welcoming more than 250 kids to the White House.

Yesterday marked the eleventh year that the White House has participated in “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day,” and the second year that this Administration has celebrated by opening our doors to include students from local schools in the D.C. area. This was a joint initiative between the Office of Management and Administration, the White House Council on Women and Girls, My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, and Domestic Policy Council. The theme for this year’s event was “Fire Up Your Future.”

More than 250 children met with staff throughout the morning to learn about different jobs at the White House. During the visit, the children got a behind-the-scenes look into the making of West Wing Week, said hello to Bo and Sunny, and got a tour of the President’s vehicle, The Beast.

To open the keynote portion of the event, Mada McCabe, daughter of a White House employee, introduced First Lady Michelle Obama and shared her own personal story about how she wants to be an advocate for youth with disabilities when she grows up.

First Lady Michelle Obama talks with introducer Mada McCabe in the Green Room prior to their participation in the Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day event in the East Room of the White House, April 20, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

The First Lady concluded the event by answering questions from the children about the White House Kitchen Garden, her Let’s Move! Initiative, and her job as First Lady. See the full remarks below:

To learn more about the White House’s initiative to bring our nation’s daughters and sons to work, visit You can also view President Obama’s call to action, which encourages employers to invite youth from their communities who may not have a workplace to visit: “Invite them to spend the day with you. Show them what you do every day – and tell them that, with hard work and determination, they can do it too.”

See more photos and video from this year's White House event below:


Summer Burglass is the Associate Director of White House Personnel.