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.
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Famous quotes containing the word daughter:
“I have been told lately that Fuseli was travelling by coach and a gentleman opposite him said: I understand, Mr. Fuseli, that you are a painter; it may interest you to know that I have a daughter who paints on velvet.
Fuseli rose instantly and said in a strong foreign accent, Let me get out.”
—Samuel Butler (18351902)
“Insults from an adolescent daughter are more painful, because they are seen as coming not from a child who lashes out impulsively, who has moments of intense anger and of negative feelings which are not integrated into that large body of responses, impressions and emotions we call our feelings for someone, but instead they are coming from someone who is seen to know what she does.”
—Terri Apter (20th century)
“Oh my daughter,
My sweetheart, daughter of my late employer, princess,
May you not be long on the way!”
—John Ashbery (b. 1927)