No, it’s not 2003 or even 1963. It’s 2012, and we’re still talking about allowing women to be members of Augusta National during The Masters.
The current controversy surrounding the private golf club in Georgia is the question of whether or not the board of trustees will offer a membership to the current CEO of IBM, Virginia Rometty. Ginny, the 31-year IBM veteran, was appointed to the prestigious position earlier this year, and with what has been given to at least the past four CEOs of the international company is now in question.
“IBM is in a bigger bind than the club,” Burk said. “The club trashed their image years ago. IBM is a corporation. They ought to care about the brand, and they ought to care about what people think. And if they’re not careful, they might undermine their new CEO.”
Augusta has a new chairman in Billy Payne, who ran the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. When he replaced Johnson as chairman of the club and of the Masters tournament in 2006, he said there was “no specific timetable” for admitting women.
The question was raised at the 2007 and 2010 Masters. Both times, Payne said membership issues were private. -CBS News
Should Augusta National, the men-only private club that is host to the PGA’s The Masters tournament, offer Rometty a membership as they have for at least the last 30 years to her male predecessors?
President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney weighed in today and both agree that Rometty should be offered the same membership to the golf club as her IBM CEO counterparts.
President Barack Obama believes women should be allowed to join the all-male Augusta National Golf Club, the White House said on Thursday, adding pressure on the exclusive 80-year-old organization to drop its restrictive policy.
“His personal opinion is that women should be admitted,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, saying he had spoken to Obama about the issue, as the prestigious Masters tournament got under way in Augusta, Georgia. -Reuters
Or should Augusta keep their tradition intact and continue offering memberships to men only?
Angie Lynch is the founder and managing editor of the powerhouse women’s literary community, Smut Book Club. She is a Native Floridian without a tan, probably because she spends her days hard at work on the magical internet. For the past several years, Angie has worked way too hard at building clout as an influencer in food and margaritas as well as being a source for laughable pop culture commentary. You can read more from Angie on her blog, A Whole Lot of Nothing.
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