Obama To Augusta National Golf Club: Let Women In
2:13 pm, April 5th | by Amy Tennery
In a statement today, the White House said it was Obama’s “personal opinion” that “women should be admitted,” according to Reuters. White House spokesperson Jay Carney added that “we are kind of long past the time when women should be excluded from anything.”
The controversy surrounding Augusta’s men-only membership rule erupted late last month, with the impending kickoff of the Masters golf tournament (historically held at Augusta). Why the kerfuffle this year? Because IBM, which has been a consistent sponsor for the tournament over the last decade or so, now has a female CEO. And it’s kind of awkward to say to a CEO, “hey, we’ll take your company’s money — but you’re still not good enough to be a member with us.”
As we’ve argued over the last week or so, the issue with Augusta isn’t just about golf. The sport has cache in the business world — country clubs are where deals get made, and the green is where professional connections are forged. And excluding women puts us at a professional disadvantage. Oh, also, discrimination is wrong. In case that needed to be said.