Founded in 1920 by Mrs. Ethel T. Wead Mick, Job’s Daughters International is an organization of young women boasting over 10,000 members in the United States, Canada, Australia, the Philippines and Brazil. Job’s Daughters was founded 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. Mrs. Mick was a progressive woman wanting the absolute best for her daughters and their friends. She recognized that women’s roles were changing, and that the opportunity for women to redefine their place in society was nearing.
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 fond of the Job 42:15, “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 gain valuable leadership experience, serve as part of a team, and learn democratic principles as they run their own meetings using parliamentary procedure, decide on activities, and plan service and fundraising events. Members also have fun together at activities such as swimming parties, dances, family picnics, slumber parties, miniature golf, marching in parades and so much more. Opportunities to travel around the U.S. and abroad to visit other Job’s Daughter members typically results in friends that last a lifetime.
We desire for our members to cherish their education and to continue it through life. We offer scholarships every year to help members with college tuition, textbooks, and other expenses. Many of our members have pursued higher education at the Master’s and Doctoral levels. Job’s Daughters have careers in nursing, law, education, politics, entertainment, and various other fields. Just like Mrs. Mick envisioned, Job’s Daughters creates strong, determined young women who are personally and professionally ready for life.
Job’s Daughters perform service projects to help their community. We actively support the Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment (HIKE) Fund, which purchases hearing assistive devices for hearing impaired children. HIKE is a cherished focus of our organization. Over $3 million has been raised for HIKE and 2,260 hearing devices have been donated to children who otherwise could not afford them.
In short, Job’s Daughters International offers the qualities that today’s young women want and need from organizations that earn their commitment: fun, friendship, helping others and the chance to learn organizational and leadership skills. When a girl joins Job’s Daughters, she is told, “We strive to teach that to be fair is to do good.” Fairness, honesty, equality, and democratic principles are the cornerstones of our organization.
We look forward to you joining us and sharing your knowledge, skills, talents, and abilities.