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 ...
Phoroneus
... An unnamed daughter of his is said to have consorted with Hecaterus ... 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 ...
Aglaea - Other Occurrences
... Aglaea, a daughter of Asclepius and Epione ... Aglaea, daughter of Mantineus ... Aglaea, daughter of Thespius and Megamede ...
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 ... 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 ...
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 ... is the son of Talaus and Lysimache (daughter of Abas) ...

Famous quotes containing the word daughter:

    In the woods of Powhatan,
    Still ‘tis told by Indian fires
    How a daughter of their sires
    Saved a captive Englishman.
    William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–1863)

    [T]he syndrome known as life is too diffuse to admit of palliation. For every symptom that is eased, another is made worse. The horse leech’s daughter is a closed system. Her quantum of wantum cannot vary.
    Samuel Beckett (1906–1989)

    A son is a son till he gets him a wife,
    But a daughter’s a daughter the rest of your life.
    Unknown.