Friday, April 6, 2012

Women still discriminated against...

·        In 1920 with the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which provided: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."
·       How many years will it take for women to have the right to participate in a game of golf,
at an all male golf club. Women can work and bring home the bacon, serve as an elected official,go to war, smoke drink, swear, wear pants and who around, but they can't play golf at the "Masters" or even step on the turf of Speaker John Boehner's "Burning Tree Club".
Romney agrees women should be allowed to play in the prestigious Masters Golf Tournament. What about the Speaker of the House John Boehner?  The Speaker whose duties usually guides the debates occurring in the House, decides on how the House will proceed, and is involved in some administrative duties like announcing final voting counts on issues. Boehner has been mum on this debate.
Boehner who is an avid golfer, is himself a member of an all- male golf club. The AP reported last year that Boehner has “been chided for his membership at Burning Tree, an all-male golf club in Maryland.”
More on the club, from a 2003 ESPN report:
Set on the western edge of the District of Columbia, in suburban Bethesda, Md., Burning Tree is 244 exquisitely manicured acres and fewer than a dozen miles from the epicenter of the nation’s capital. The club opened in 1923 after, the story goes, a male foursome from the Chevy Chase Country Club was stuck behind a slow-playing group of female golfers. …
Not even Sandra Day O’Connor who became the first woman ever appointed to the Supreme Court in 1981, was allowed at Burning Tree; previously, Supreme Court justices had always been extended honorary memberships to the club. Despite her 12-handicap, cultivated on the golf courses in Arizona, O’Connor never crossed the threshold.