By Melissa Silverstein | Women and Hollywood April 5, 2012 at 12:15PM
Here we are again. Nine years after Martha Burk tried to get the August National to allow a woman member we are still at a place where there is still not a female member since the club's founding in 1933. In 1990, the club let in an African American member, but in 2011 there is still no female that we know of. (Augusta is famous for not speaking on the membership policies because it is a private club.)
This year maybe there is some hope that there will be a woman member. Personally, I could care less about golf. But we all know this is about something so much more than golf.
There are three main sponsors of the Masters - Exxon Mobil, AT&T and IBM. Traditionally, all the CEO's of the main sponsors are given a green jacket and membership to the club. The problem this year is that IBM just got its first female CEO - Viriginia Rometty. So what's a sexist institution to do? Let the woman in or risk losing IBM sponsorship?
These guys are pathetic. Hiding behind privacy and then letting the world in to spend its money is unacceptable.
It's time to enter the 21st (or 20th) century and let a woman in. . I'm sure there will be no labia saturation which is what scare men (namely sexist Lee Arohnson) because we know that too many vaginas on a golf course is what will bring down the world.
And Ms. Rometty, while I know you are new in your gig at IBM and don't want to cause waves, you MUST demand a change in this policy. You have a seat at the table. You have the power. USE IT FOR GOOD!.