Job’s Daughters is the premiere organization for young women age 10 and up! We’re girls just like you— we like to have fun, make new friends, and enjoy dances, trips to the beach and mountains, and sleepovers.
We also like to be in charge, and in Job’s Daughters we get to run things and make decisions! In our meetings, and under the guidance of adult leaders, we find a safe place to exercise our leadership skills.
If you’re looking for a place where you’ll make life long friends, have fun, and gain confidence, Job’s Daughters is the place for you!
The Mission of Job’s Daughters is to band together young women to develop leadership, seek knowledge, to teach love of God, love of country, respect for our flag, and love of home and family.
Members of Job’s Daughters learn that, throughout our lives, they will encounter trials and tribulations which must be met and overcome. Girls learn the importance of perseverance, and they develop levels of self-esteem and self-confidence unmatched by any other youth organization.
We are a democratic organization, and champion the principles of equality and justice. Every member has an equal say in the group, and no member is any more important or has any greater a voice than another. Job’s Daughters was founded in 1920, during the height of the Women’’s Suffrage Movement and just a few months prior to the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gave women the right to vote.
HISTORY AND HERITAGE
Born amid the turmoil of the Women’’s Suffrage movement of the early part of the 20th Century, Job’s Daughters represented a huge leap forward for young women.
At the time, most were confined by society to a domestic role. Few ventured into what was considered the “realm of men” —the business world. However, our founder, Ethel T. Wead Mick, realized that women’’s roles were changing, and that the opportunity for women to redefine their place in society was nearing.
In order to be prepared to face the challenges of this new role in society, Mrs. Mick created Job’s Daughters with the purpose of giving young women the opportunity to practice and perfect the skills of leadership and public speaking, and develop the self-confidence and self-esteem necessary to be successful in their community.
Mrs. Mick saw parallels between the challenges women faced as they fought to be accepted as equals, and those trials told in the Old Testament Story of Job. As Job was true and steadfast to his faith throughout the story, and never faltered, women would need to be determined in their fight to become equal participants in society, despite the inevitable setbacks they were sure to face. She was, in particular, fond of the 42nd Chapter, 15th Verse:
And in all the land were no women found so fair as the Daughters of Job; and their Father gave them inheritance among their brethren.
Job’s Daughters was founded in 1920 in Omaha, Nebraska, and quickly spread throughout the United States and across the globe. Presently, Job’s Daughters may be found in the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, and the Philippines. True to our beginnings, Job’s Daughters continues to prepare young women for the challenges they will face in life. Our alumni are a storied and respected group of women who have each had a positive effect on their families, friends, and communities.
WHAT WE DO
Job’s Daughters isn’’t based on a strict program or book. It’s about the girls choosing and doing the things that interest them. The benefits the girls derive from Job’s Daughters come from the learning process of deciding on and planning their activities.
At meetings the members follow standard “Roberts Rules of Order” outlined for them in our member ritual. Along with how to run a meeting, the Job’s Daughters ritual includes a beautiful retelling of the story of Job through which the members learn the many lessons of our order. At meetings the members dress in white grecian robes- symbolic of the clothes worn in the days of Job. The three highest officers wear purple capes and gold crowns that signify their stations of leadership. The robes remind every member that they are all an equal part of their Bethel.
Job’s Daughters participate in civic events like parades and community service projects. They raise money to help our designated charity, the Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment (The HIKE Fund, Inc.) which provides hearing assistive devices for children who would otherwise be unable to afford them. They take educational trips to museums and historic locations. And, they plan and participate in fundraisers so they can have fun!
Sleepovers, beach and snow trips, movie nights, ice cream socials, pizza parties… Job’s Daughters do the things that “tween” and teen girls love to do! The possibilities are endless, and up to the imaginations of the girls themselves!