May 07, 1998
Ms. Sharon Saunders
Math and Computer Sciences
Elizabeth City State University
Dear Ms. Saunders:
Thank you for your recent participation in the "Take Our Daughters
to Work Day" hosted at Elizabeth City State University. Recent research
has detailed the negative shift that occurs in the lives and self-esteem of
girls in early adolescence. Research has also shown that one caring adult's
attention can change the course of a girl's life. To this end, you each have
played a part in the encouragement and enlightenment of ten future leaders.
As a result of their interaction with you, at least two girls are mapping
the course they must take to become MD's. All of the girls have aspirations to
attend college, many are considering ECSU. Several girls are weighing the
possibility of using sports as a means to afford college. One girl is sure that
ROTC will provide her with the opportunity to attend medical school debt free.
Another young lady, who had been contemplating a career in film or TV, having
had the opportunity to observe what goes on "behind the camera",
expressed that this would definitely be a career worth pursuing. The girls had
to be forcibly removed from the computers, and although we have no confirmed
physicists, several girls expressed interest in taking courses in this
discipline. The list of possible career options also includes attorney,
newspaper reporter and executive (provided they will meet in a board room
comparable to the Chancellor's). In addition, you provided the girls with
an opportunity to utilize their geographical skills locating, Bangladesh,
India and the US Virgin Islands.
Even if all the girls do not realize their current career desires, the
opportunity to observe women in a variety of fields has none the less broadened
these aspirations. On their behalf, I again express our sincere appreciation.
I would like to make Take Our Daughters to Work Day an annual event at ECSU
and hope you will continue to participate in the future.
ECSU Department of Biology