Morning Coffee Apr 06 2012

IBM Chief's Gender Sparks Golf Flap

By joseph walker

IBM Chief Executive Virginia Rometty plans to attend the Masters Tournament, one of golf's most prestigious competitions, The Wall Street Journal reports. The move will likely fan controversy surrounding the four-day event.

Since 1934, golf's biggest names have come to the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia to compete for the tournament's prize: a green jacket. In all that time, women have never been admitted as members to the club.

The rule against female members puts two traditions at odds. The last four IBM chiefs have been offered membership, but the club also prides itself on its independence. Rometty's predecessor, Samuel Palmisano, debated whether joining the club was wise considering its no-women policy, but eventually joined. IBM is a major corporate sponsor of the event and is entitled to precious TV time to air its commercials.

Yesterday, both President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney weighed in on the controversy, saying that women should be admitted as members. The Masters' dilemma comes at a time when the dearth of female technology executives is gaining more attention. It puts a spotlight on the fact that formalized discrimination against women is still prevalent within the broader society.

Rometty has yet to comment. (WSJ)

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