Perhaps because I am a Duke alumnus (Trinity College 1964) my wife passed along your “Letter from the Editor” in the March issue of More magazine. I thought I would share with you one of my experiences at Duke.
In the spring of 1964, our class had about 15 accounting majors and we were preparing to graduate. There were two young ladies in our class: Mary Lou Huck and another whose name I can’t recall. Most of us were planning a career with one of the big national firms, the so called “Big Eight.” The recruiters from the Big Eight all arrived on the same day and our accounting professors, Dr. Martin Black, Dr. Tom Keller (later Dean of Fuqua) and Dr. Bob Dickens, hosted a dinner for them the night before interviews. Dr. Black was the head of the accounting department and he well knew that women were just not hired in professional positions by the national accounting firms. As Dr. Keller later related to me, Dr. Black spoke to the recruiters and essentially told them that he didn’t care how they worked it out, but if they wished to continue to recruit at Duke, someone among them would offer jobs to the two women. Both women got job offers and as I later learned, Mary Lou Huck had considerable success with Price Waterhouse.
I had a three year commitment to serve in the Navy and consequently it was 1967 before I resigned my commission and started work with the firm that is now known as Deloitte & Touche. Among the group of new accountants in the Atlanta office were four women. In just those three years, while I was in the Navy, the profession had changed markedly and the firms were actively recruiting women.
Now, we still had some things to work out. For example, there was a good bit of travel for the Atlanta staff. What do the fellows do when three guys and Elaine Borack arrive at the motel in Augusta were we’ll be for a week doing an audit? Do we offer to carry Elaine’s suitcase or let here handle it.
Anyway, it did all work out and I believe half of the profession is now made up of women. I have always been proud that the accounting professors at Duke, and especially Dr. Black, stood up for the women in our class.
--Joe Todd, Friday Harbor, WA
I read your Letter from the editor with bewilderment. I graduated from Duke in 1971. At that time, Duke was considered a leading university in many areas. Mine was nursing. My husband is a undergraduate and medical graduate from Duke. The nursing school was ranked 2nd in the nation. The medical was also rated one of the top in the nation. Your social experiences also differed from mine. Our dates weren’t announced. We had no curfew in 1971. I was in a sorority and my friends on East Campus were more interested in their studies than their appearance. I too grew up in the north. Your broad generalizations I don’t believe are representative of the Duke culture. Obviously, your experiences are valid, but perhaps not the norm. My friends in northern schools also faced social pressures not unlike Duke’s. Women have made great inroads in sexual equality, both in the north and south.
Ann Cahill, RN, MSN (Women’s Health Expert)
My compliments to Nina Burleigh on her story about Jill Abramson (March 2012 issue). I don't usually read such long articles but this one was well written and very interesting.
Just a few comments on the March magazine.
Many good articles..especially: Iris Krasnow's on marriage.
Fabulous photos in Best and Brightest section....just wonderful.
The article "anti-aing skin care...what's right for you...Damn, I needed a compass to begin to navigate that totally confusing piece. It seemed to take everything every written about skin types and products and re-jumble it up. Totally confusing to read and honestly, I've been reading this stuff for 40 years..and I'm in the business. How about simple, simple, simple.
Enjoy most of the magazine, would like to see more women over 50 and 60 who are the new "more" ladies...we're still going strong.
I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and tell you how I feel about more. I am 47 year old and I remember five or six years ago when I saw your magazine in the hands of my friends I would just crinch and think why would they read this. It is for obese old people.