Towards a fairer fairway

Brace yourself for a rumble of guttural discontent from the nation's creaky old boys' networks - women are to be given equal rights to men in golf clubs. Heaven forbid. Under the government's proposed Single Equality Bill, which covers all private clubs, women will now be blessed with the right to tee off on a Saturday and enter the clubhouse whenever they want - privileges that were previously, in many clubs, exclusive to men.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

The news comes as the nation nervously begins the countdown to the smoking ban, and many will see it as just the latest case of the government needlessly meddling in the lives of its citizens (‘How do they expect me to concentrate on my 40-yard putt with all that giggling and nattering about shopping coming from every bunker?'). Doubtless some women golfers will be a bit put out too, at suddenly having to pay the same rates as men; but we see no problem whatsoever in doing away with such unnecessary arcane traditions and allowing fresh blood onto our fairways.

Let's hope this is another step in a healthy direction for business. Second-guessing the flak it's sure to receive from hordes of grumbling traditionalists, the government has been quick to point out that clubs catering to only one gender will still be allowed to operate. But that shouldn't be an excuse for FTSE-100 boards, famously lacking many female executives, to continue as they are.


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