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":

Amphiaraus
... 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 ... eventually landing at the court of King Phegeus, who gave him his daughter Alphesiboea in marriage ... Achelous 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 Amphiaraus to take part in ...
Aglaea - Other Occurrences
... Aglaea, a daughter of Asclepius and Epione ... Aglaea, daughter of Mantineus ... Aglaea, daughter of Thespius and Megamede ...
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 ... Barthell, he states that Adrastus is the son of Talaus and Lysimache (daughter of Abas) ...
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 ...
Phoroneus
... An unnamed daughter of his is said to have consorted with Hecaterus ... associated with Phoroneus, 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 ...

Famous quotes containing the word daughter:

    Thy youngest daughter does not love thee least,
    Nor are those empty-hearted whose low sounds
    Reverb no hollowness.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    If we help an educated man’s daughter to go to Cambridge are we not forcing her to think not about education but about war?—not how she can learn, but how she can fight in order that she might win the same advantages as her brothers?
    Virginia Woolf (1882–1941)

    She would love still, but she would never again be tender till her daughter should have repudiated her base,—her monstrous engagement.
    Anthony Trollope (1815–1882)