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The Debate About Sports and Equality (Adapted from “Tee Time for Equality” by Deborah Rhode: National Law Journal, 2002) For many women lawyers, golf is only partly about golf. It is also about status, networks and exclusion. Golf has been a source of inequality for women – often to the indifference to me. The extent of insensitivity was brought home this summer when Tiger Woods was asked to comment on the exclusion of women from Augusta, a national golf club, also the site of the famous Masters tournament. According to Woods, the members of the club, including many top executives, are “entitled to set up their own rules the way they want them.” It seems unlikely that Woods would have been made a similar statement a decade ago, when he would have been excluded from such clubs because of the color of his skin. His response, and those of other defenders of club policies, speaks volumes about this nation’s different tolerance for racism and sexism. “It’s just the way it is” no longer flies as an excuse to bar golfers of color. In 1990, a
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This note was uploaded on 02/04/2012 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Buddin during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.

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