Updated Apr 9, 2012
Bubba Watson won his first green jacket in a thrilling playoff finish at the Masters on Sunday, but the question over whether the all-male Augusta National Golf Club would invite IBM's new CEO Virginia M. Rometty to become its first female member remained unsettled.
IBM is one of three corporate sponsors of the Masters. And Augusta National, which hosts the event in Augusta, Ga., has offered membership to the past four IBM CEOs. But because of the club's all-male policy, it is unclear whether an invitation has been extended to Rometty. IBM and the club would not say whether she had been invited to join
Recently, in the media, there are some high profile stories of clubs and pageants that are being challenged on their policies on membership and criteria of individuals relating to gender. For example, recently a transgender beauty queen was hoping to compete in the Miss Universe Pageant and challenged the rule that states contestants must be "naturally born female".
Would you consider this gender exclusion or is it fair and within the organization's rights to determine criteria for membership? What are your thoughts?