posted on Apr, 12 2003 @ 04:12 PM
"As a wave of golf fans shadowed Tiger Woods inside the gates of Augusta National on Saturday, about 40 women's activists gathered in a weedy field
a half-mile away and loudly accused the elite, all-male club of sex discrimination."
"Martha Burk, head of the National Council of Women's Organizations, has been publicly pressuring the club for months to accept a woman member."
"But not even her threat of massive protests during The Masters Tournament, now under way, has budged club chairman Hootie Johnson. When Burk went
after the tournament's sponsors, Johnson released them from this year's broadcast so they wouldn't be targeted for boycotts."
Burk's protest was much smaller than the 200 demonstrators she had predicted, with about 10 speakers on stage and about 30 supporters. They were
outnumbered by police officers sent to keep the peace in a nearly empty field, but they said they had thousands of people behind them.
What do you think about this whole protest thing against Augusta? I think it's ridiculous, why can't there be clubs for male members only? How is
that discrimination? Women are free to form clubs and make it exclusively for themselves, why would they want to join a mens club? I just think if you
form your own private club, you should be entitled to say who can and cannot join your club.