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Martha Burk Says IBM Needs To Urge Augusta To Extend Membership To Female CEO
Published March 30, 2012
WILL THEY OR WON'T THEY? In Orlando, Jeff Shain writes, "Don't expect to see Rometty in a green jacket next week." Nor would there be "any fanfare if she were to be brought in, just as other new members aren't disclosed by the club." But it would "surprise no one to arrive" at the '13 Masters and find IBM's new chief "giving a new sense of style to the club's signature attire" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 3/30). In N.Y., Hank Gola writes Augusta "loves tradition." Gola: "Observing this one would be unlike any other" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/30). In Atlanta, Jeff Schultz wrote it "really makes no sense" for Augusta National Chair Billy Payne to "put this off any longer." Schultz: "This much is certain: Even if the issue goes dormant, it's never going away" (AJC.com, 3/29). Columnist Kevin Blackistone said, "This is 2012 -- we have women who are heads of state, we have had women who have been CEOs of other corporations. Either way, something is going to break this time. Either they’re going to snub their CEOs or they’re going to continue with this pig-headed policy of not allowing women to be members.” More Blackistone: "This is an out for them! It’s never been easier; it’s on a silver platter for them. Why don’t some of these golfers ... stand up for women? Somebody say something and say that it’s time to stop this ridiculous policy" (“PTI,” ESPN, 3/29).