3/30/12

USATODAY: It is still men only at Augusta National the Master's Golf Course?

The Masters is the annual reminder to us all of how the old boys love their men only country clubs as USA Today asks, "Will Augusta National have its first female member?"

The story speculates on whether the club already has its first female member.
Three of the members of this most exclusive club in U.S. sports, if not in all of American culture, have traditionally been the CEOs of Exxon, AT&T and IBM. They have been invited to be members of Augusta National because they run the three corporations that sponsor the Masters. They've also been invited because they are men.

Last fall, however, IBM made a historic decision. It announced that as of Jan. 1, Virginia "Ginni" Rometty would become its first female CEO. Then, this week, on the eve of Masters week, Bloomberg News Service became the first to ask the logical question: Will Rometty become the first woman to wear a green jacket?

It's possible that the question actually might be moot. It is within the realm of possibility, remote as it might seem, that she's already a member and we simply don't know it yet.
As a famous Orthodox rabbi once told me, "When the women write the checks, then they will get called to the Torah." IBM writes a big check to Augusta National.

Yet let us not rejoice that egalitarianism has dawned at Augusta. As they say in French, "Un oiseau ne fait pas le printemps."

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