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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... An unnamed daughter of his is said to have consorted with Hecaterus ... In Argive culture, Niobe is 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 ...
... 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) ...
... Aglaea, a daughter of Asclepius and Epione ... Aglaea, daughter of Mantineus ... Aglaea, daughter of Thespius and Megamede ...
... 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 ...
... who offered her the necklace of Harmonia, daughter of Aphrodite, once part of the bride-price of Cadmus, as a bribe for her advocacy ... the 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 ...
Famous quotes containing the word daughter:
“Had I represented twenty thousand voters in Michigan, that political editor would not have known nor cared whether I was the oldest or the youngest daughter of Methuselah, or whether my bonnet came from the Ark or from Worths.”
—Susan B. Anthony (18201906)
“And within the house
ashes are being stuffed into my marriage,
fury is lapping the walls,
dishes crack on the shelves,
a strangler needs my throat,
the daughter has ceased to eat anything....”
—Anne Sexton (19281974)
“Science! true daughter of old Time thou art!
Who alterest all things with thy peering eyes.
Why preyest thou thus upon the poets heart,
Vulture, whose wings are dull realities?
How should he love theeor how deem thee wise
Who wouldst not leave him in his wandering,”
—Edgar Allan Poe (18091849)