Ethel T. Wead MickJob's Daughters, with its roots dating back to 1920 and founded by Mrs. Ethel T. Wead Mick, boasts a proud heritage and cherished traditions. This esteemed organization brings together young women from the United States, Canada, Australia, the Philippines, and Brazil, fostering character development, moral growth, and philanthropy.

The inception of Job's Daughters coincided with the Women's Suffrage Movement and the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, a pivotal moment that granted women the right to vote. Mrs. Mick, a progressive woman with a deep commitment to her daughters and their friends, envisioned a space for young women to thrive as societal roles evolved.

Drawing inspiration from the Old Testament story of Job, Mrs. Mick perceived parallels between the challenges women faced in their quest for equality and the unwavering faith displayed by Job. Just as Job remained steadfast in his beliefs, women would need determination to become equal contributors to society despite the obstacles they might encounter. The verse 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," held particular significance for her.

While Job's Daughters International is not part of the Masonic Fraternity, it maintains a close connection to the Masonic Order. Membership eligibility requires a Masonic relation, sponsor, or affiliation with a Majority Member.

Founded in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1920, the Order of Job's Daughters emerged under the caring guidance of Mrs. Mick, affectionately known as "Mother Mick" by members. Her strong Christian upbringing, coupled with the profound lessons found in the Book of Job, motivated her to create opportunities for young women with Masonic ties to enjoy the privileges she had cherished. Collaborating with her husband, Dr. William H. Mick, and other capable individuals, she established the Order as a tribute to her beloved mother, Elizabeth D. Wead.

The primary purpose of the organization was to unite young girls with Masonic connections in character building through moral and spiritual development. The Order's teachings emphasize reverence for God and the Holy Scriptures, loyalty to the flag and country, and respect for parents and guardians. As a tribute to the biblical story, the organization was aptly named "Job's Daughters," after the three daughters of Job who were praised for their virtues.

The Order's historical founding took place on October 20, 1920, following meticulous planning and development under Mrs. Mick's guidance. The subsequent establishment of the Executive Council on January 19, 1921, set the stage for the initiation held on May 6, 1921, at the Omaha Masonic Temple. The Order of Job's Daughters was formally organized on May 27, 1921, during a meeting in Dr. Mick's office, marking the beginning of this remarkable youth movement.

Notably, Job's Daughters expanded its reach beyond national borders, becoming the International Order of Job's Daughters in 1931 when it reached British Columbia, Canada. Moreover, achieving 501(c)(3) status in 2001 prompted a name change to Job's Daughters International.

The organization's ritual imparts valuable life lessons to its young members, preparing them to face life's challenges with resilience and faith. They are taught the Lord's Prayer as a daily supplication to God, and they cultivate love and respect for worthy individuals, especially their elders, while nurturing compassion for all humanity.

Structured akin to many governmental systems, Job's Daughters operates through local Bethels, State/Province Grand Guardian Councils, and the International Supreme Guardian Council. The vibrant Bethels hold regular meetings and engage in enjoyable activities such as swimming parties, dances, family picnics, and more. However, the organization extends beyond mere social gatherings, encouraging members to embrace leadership roles and assume civic and charitable responsibilities.

Throughout the year, the compassionate young women of Job's Daughters participate in various service projects, supporting their communities, assisting the less fortunate, and contributing to charitable causes.

In essence, Job's Daughters continues to exemplify the values of unity, service, and personal growth that were envisioned by its founder, Mrs. Ethel T. Wead Mick, nearly a century ago. As the organization thrives, it leaves a lasting legacy of empowering young women and fostering a sense of purposeful contribution to society.

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