HISTORY & TRADITION
Job’s Daughters has a rich heritage and tradition. The group
was founded in 1920 to provide an opportunity for young
women to work together, to learn about themselves and to
help others. Job’s Daughters is open to girls ages 10 to 20
who have a Masonic Relationship (through either a relative or sponsorship). We do not follow any specific religion, but
do require that our members have a belief in God.
The group takes its name from the Book of Job, and in
particular to a reference in the 42nd Chapter that says
"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."
The organization was founded by Mrs. Ethel T. Wead Mick in Omaha, Nebraska. 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 who wanted the absolute best for her daughters and friends. She recognized that women's roles were changing , and 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.
For over 90 years, Job’s Daughters has been
actively promoting friendship and service.
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.
To become a Job’s Daughter does not involve an embarrassing
ritual or test of courage. Initiations are solemn, meaningful ceremonies presented by Bethel Officers. Parents are
welcome at initiations and all of the meetings.
To be a member of Job’s Daughters is to be part
of a group that promotes friendship among young women and confidence in themselves. As a
member you will learn skills that will help you throughout your life. You will become part of
an organization that serves the community.
Most importantly, you WILL have fun!