Originally created 11/07/02

First-class tourney, second-class citizens

Without the cooperation of Augusta's tax-paid traffic and crowd control, what would Masters guests confront while attending the tournament? Chaos!

It's doubtful the club reimburses Augusta for this privilege - so, again, as with the Citadel and Virginia Military Institute, women are expected to help support institutions to which they have been denied membership.

Although it took about 100 years after the Civil War for blacks to win the vote, it was a legal right given black men at the end of that war - but it took 55 years after the war for women to win that civil right.

Women don't want to be admitted to clubs and organizations as their husbands' guests, riding like token wives on their coattails, unable to claim an identity earned by their own merit and achievements.

How much good will (and potential business) does Augusta really engender when the women attending the tournament are regarded as second-class citizens? And now that national attention is focused on this issue, I'm afraid the Augusta businesswomen who don't want to rock the boat look sadly behind the times.

If they don't believe this, they should just ask their daughters.

Mimi Hallman, Aiken, S.C.


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