Daughter

A daughter is a female offspring; a girl, woman, or female animal in relation to her parents. Daughterhood is the state of being a daughter. The masculine counterpart is a son. Analogously the name is used in several areas to show relations between groups or elements.

In patriarchal societies, daughters often have different or lesser familial rights than sons. A family may prefer to have sons rather than daughters, with the daughters subjected to female infanticide. In some societies it is the custom for a daughter to be 'sold' to her husband, who must pay a bride price. The reverse of this custom, where the parents pay the husband a sum of money to compensate for the financial burden of the woman, is found in societies where women do not labour outside the home, and is referred to as dowry.

In the United States, the birth rate is 105 sons to 100 daughters which has been the natural birth rate since the 18th century. About 80 percent of prospective adoptive parents from the US will choose a girl over a boy.

Read more about Daughter:  In The Bible

Other articles related to "daughter, daughters":

Aglaulus
... Aglaulus, daughter of Actaeus, king of Athens ... Aglaulus, daughter of Cecrops, who was driven to suicide for ignoring a warning from the goddess Athena Aglaulus, daughter of an incestuous relationship between Erectheus and his daughter Procris ...
Amphiaraus
... She had been persuaded by Polynices, who offered her the necklace of Harmonia, daughter of Aphrodite, once part of the bride-price of Cadmus, as a bribe for her advocacy ... court of King Phegeus, who gave him his daughter Alphesiboea in marriage ... himself, god of that river, promised him his daughter, Callirrhoe in marriage if Alcmaeon would retrieve the necklace and clothes which Eriphyle wore when she persuaded ...
Aglaea - Other Occurrences
... Aglaea, a daughter of Asclepius and Epione ... Aglaea, daughter of Mantineus ... Aglaea, daughter of Thespius and Megamede ...
Phoroneus
... An unnamed daughter of his is said to have consorted with Hecaterus ... sometimes as his mother, sometimes as his daughter, or else, likely, as his consort (Kerenyi) ... Clement of Alexandria mentions Phthia, a daughter of Phoroneus, who became the mother of Achaeus by Zeus ...
Adrastus - Mythological Tradition
... He was married either to Amphithea, daughter of Pronax, or to Demonassa ... His daughters Argea and Deipyle married Polynices and Tydeus, respectively ... Adrastus is the son of Talaus and Lysimache (daughter of Abas) ...

Famous quotes containing the word daughter:

    There was a youthe, and a well-loved youthe,
    And he was a squires son:
    He loved the bayliffes daughter deare,
    That lived in Islington.
    —Unknown. The Bailiff’s Daughter of Islington (l. 1–4)

    My son and daughter tell me where they are in very different ways. I know where my son is because I hear him. I know where my daughter is because she tells me.
    —Anonymous Father. Raising a Daughter by Jeanne Elium and Don Elium, ch. 1 (1994)

    Andrews: Do you mind if I ask a question frankly? Do you love my daughter?
    Peter: Any guy that’d fall in love with your daughter ought to have his head examined.
    Andrews: Now that’s an evasion.
    Peter: She grabbed herself a perfect running mate. King Westley! The pill of the century. What she needs is a guy that’d take a sock at her once a day, whether it’s coming to her or not.
    Robert Riskin (1897–1955)