We Hear You! Letters from Our March 2012 Issue

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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.
--Terri Andrade

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.

First Published February 29, 2012

Share Your Thoughts!


Cathleen Cole04.22.2012

I have to agree with some of the women who have posted questioning the obvious complete airbushing of this cover. Julianne Moore is a beautiful woman..a beautiful woman who is aging just as the rest of us are. We're all trying to find the best ways to deal with our aging looks, to accept it gracefully while trying so hard not to let our self esteem fall by the wayside as fast as our faces and bodies are falling.
To show us a photograph of a woman our own age who apparently has less wrinkles than a 4 year old child is just insulting and more than a little depressing. We all understand this isn't what she actually looks like but for a magazine that began for older women to feel good about themselves and to make the most of what they have, would it have been so horrible to show a cover of a beautiful woman who is still beautiful even while aging?

P. Helene 03.10.2012

I thought it was me, but my husband picked up my current issue of MORE and asked me what happened to the magazine! What first attracted me to MORE was relevant articles for women who were 40-50-60, and the advertising was also properly targeted. I'm 53, have been reading your magazine for at least 4 years, and am insulted by the ads in the current issue - the first 3 pages are (as my husband correctly puts it) "20-something sticks", including the article on page 86 with lovely, young, super thin actress Lesley Bibb in clothing for less than $150. Although I did enjoy reading the article on Julianne Moore, it was absolutely ridiculous to promote the Dolce & Gabbana, etc. clothing and accessories when you only photographed Ms Moore's upper body with most of the clothing covered by her hair! Who in the world do you want as readers?

Kaye Dickerson03.08.2012

Fabulous article Second acts, Rene' Syler, it was interesting & informative, excellent coverage.
She's a lady after my own heart, get canned, have pre-cancer surgery and still land on your feet.
Thank you More, March 2012

CrimeInParis 03.06.2012

As a 58 year old woman, I find that MORE seems to focus more on information relevant to women under 51. My friend, also 58, agrees with me on this. She cancelled her subscription for that reason alone. When you say "this is age (whatever)" I can't remember the last time you chose a woman my age. It's either they're under 51 or over 60. It's as if we're the hidden age group 51-60. We do exist and we're important too. Our issues are changing bodies, changing health issues related to menopause, and in some cases, changing jobs. We are still interested in beauty, however, we need to approach it from a different mindset at our age. I like Julianne Moore's comment about her approach to aging.
My life has changed so much since my daughter went off to college this past year. I'm now an empty nester. I've been a stay at home mom and then working from my home since she was born and dianosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder with Aspberger symptoms. In the past five years I've gone back to school for a second degree, attending classes with kids the same age as my daughter, which was weird, and am now looking for interesting work relevant to my experience, and where I feel appreciated and part of a team. Even though I don't have to work, I want to work. I miss the social interaction of working outside the home. Prior to my daughter's birth, I worked for 25 years. Women my age are not obsolete. We have a lot of life experience and I personally also have skills relevant to the marketplace. I'm debating whether to beef up my own business by starting a website to make it more visible, or go work for someone else. I'm tired of the job interviews where the people interviewing me are young enough to be my children. The shock on their faces when they see how old I am is palpable. This is why I'm leaning towards growing my own business. Please do more articles about women like myself and I'll renew my subscription.

Cynthia Ryan03.04.2012

MORE is the magazine I read first and is often the only one I make time to read. So, thanks for having a publication which has age-appropriate stories, fashion, and ads!
As for firsts, in 1970, my high school peers laughed at me when I said I was going to be a lawyer. I was the only one in my graduating class of several hundred to become one. In 1976, only 10% of my law school class were females. Three years later, I became one of the first five female prosecutors in my state. Some of my male colleagues said I should quit and leave room for a man who needs to support his family. Continuing in the law enforcement field, I later joined the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and achieved through the ranks to become its first female Chief Counsel in 1996. Six years ago, I switched agencies to become the first female General Counsel at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
My parents never blinked when I told them, at age 17, that I wanted to become a trial lawyer. They said I could be anything I wanted to be as long as I worked hard for it. (And, I would need to pay for it myself!) Their adage proved true. While I did not set out to be a trail blazer, I became one and have enjoyed every stop on the way!
Cindy Ryan
Fairfax, VA

Lauren 03.03.2012

I have been a loyal subscriber since More's first issue, but I was really surprised when I saw (what I feel) is a totally photoshopped cover of Julianne Moore. Granted, she looks beautiful, but I question your decision to make her look 25 years old. She is a woman in her 50's and it is very hypocritical of a magazine that prides itself on celebrating "women over 40" to so brazenly hide this lovely woman's freckles, fine lines, etc. What message are you sending to all the women in their 40's, 50's and beyond? That they should strive to look like they are in their 20's again? That it is unbecoming to age gracefully? Let's stop with the phony covers that strip these models and actresses of their natural beauty in a frenzied attempt to make them appear years younger. Shame on you More! Practice what you supposedly preach and stop trying to make everyone look 25 years old again.

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