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The Feminist To-Do List by Gloria Steinem
Ms. Poll Feminist Tide Sweeps In as the 21st Century Begins by Lorraine Dusky
Affirmative Action on Trial by Teresa Stern
Women on Death Row by Claudia Dreifus
In the Thick of Life at 70 by Jessica Chornesky

Special Action Alert
Women Take Action Worldwide
Listing: Coalitions and Groups
National Council of Women's Organizations Statement on War with Iraq
NCWO Partial Members List
Why Peace is (More Than Ever) a Feminist Issue
by Grace Paley

Writing of War and Its Consequences
Ghosts of Home by Patricia Sarrafian Ward
Tales from an Ordinary Iranian Girlhood by Marjane Satrapi
Snow in Summer: LA, CA, 1963 by Helen Zelon

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Pat Summitt's 800th Victory
Augusta Golf Club's Red Face
National Map of Priest Abuse
Women Warriors
Lesbians with Strollers
Kopp Trial
Trouble in Herat, Afghanistan
Reproductive Rights in Poland
Health Clinics in Guatemala
Congolese Women for Peace
Global Good News Round-Up
The Opposite of a Nuclear Bomb

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Lower Breast Cancer Risks by Liz Galst
The Making of an Activist by Gloria Feldt
Nature Conservancy Gains by Rachel Rabkin
Harvard Stumbles on Rape Rules by Lorraine Dusky
The Bush Overhaul of Federal Courts by Stephanie B. Goldberg
My Friend Yeshi by Alice Walker

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Cartoon by Mike Keefe
The Denver Post


Augusta Golf Club Members Now Facing Tougher Questions
Corporations Paying CEO Dues Also Turn Up in EEOC Suits
By Peggy Simpson

A Washington Post columnist recently ridiculed women's rights groups' crusade to open membership in the male-only Augusta National Golf Club to women, saying that when she lived in London and encountered such barriers, she just met her friends at a restaurant.That misses the point entirely. It isn't about golf or country club meals. It's about power and equipping women to compete for it. It's about "glass ceiling" subtleties and informal ways to nurture professional relationships, not just with clients but with colleagues and bosses.

The guys do that kind of thing on the golf course, in country clubs. Augusta's members include chief executives from Fortune 100 corporations. They wine and dine clients and invite in their proteges to do the same unless, of course, the proteges or clients are women.

Women have a foothold in most professions today, but lawsuits are documenting how tenuous that can be. Expanding the "comfort factor" between the mostly male bosses and credentialed, up-and-coming women is a challenge. It is made harder, of course, if the corporation handicaps women by sponsoring men-only "outings." That happens all too often at huge financial services corporations, say glass-ceiling legal experts.

Mary Stowell, partner in Stowell & Friedman of Chicago, which is handling lawsuits brought by female workers at Merrill Lynch and Citigroup's Salomon Smith Barney, sees "a dramatic decrease in the obviously stupid things like corporate funds being spent at strip clubs," after suits are brought.

One example of that behavior: Male stockbrokers at the L.A. branch of a brokerage company now owned by Citigroup's Salomon Smith Bamey who brought strippers into the office, played pornographic videotapes, and used the office speaker-phone for simulated phone sex. In December, an arbitration panel ordered Salomon Smith Barney to compensate Tameron Keyes $3.2 million for damage done by the "abusive working environment."

The lawsuit against Merrill alleges that "women didn't get the same networking opportunities including being invited to play golf," Stowell said. "These rituals are all of the bonding in the business world, where relationships are created." One consequence of being excluded "is women are 'the other,' the 'alien.'"

Merrill Lynch has paid $600,000 eight women who brought the suit. Individual arbitration cases continue.

CEOs from at least two corporations with sex discrimination laws against them-- Citigroup and Morgan Stanley-- are Augusta members.

CBS, which in October 2000 agreed to pay 200 female technicians $8 million to settle a discrimination lawsuit will broadcast Augusta's Masters Tournament April 10-13.

Brokerage Morgan Stanley is in the midst of a hotly litigated lawsuit brought in September 2001 by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), alleging promotion and compensation discrimination against broker Allison Schieffelin and other professional women. Schieffelin was fired in 2000 after bringing an EEOC complaint that dramatized the damage done when women professionals are excluded from company-sponsored informal activities aimed to enhance "bonding" between brokers and clients, and brokers and bosses.

For years, the EEOC said, Morgan Stanley held a spring golf outing at the Doral Resort in Florida, inviting four to six men from Schieffelin's department and up to 16 major clients-- including some of hers. After dinner, the men surfed Miami's strip joints and topless clubs. In 1998, men she worked with invited clients, again including some of hers, to a weekend in Las Vegas. She couldn't go, a boss told her, "because the men would be uncomfortable participating in sexually oriented entertainment with a woman colleague present, especially one who knew their wives."

The National Council of Womens Organizations (NCWO), led by Martha Burk, set up www.augustadiscriminates.org, a Web site that profiles corporations that talk big about diversity but whose CEOs belong to Augusta.

Some folks are noticing.

At a January 28 hearing on U.S. Olympic mismanagement, two congressmen grilled the Olympic chief, Lloyd Ward, who is black, about why he was a member of Augusta. (His weak response: He wanted to "open the door wider for those that might follow him.")

And President Bush nominee for Treasury secretary, railroad executive John Snow, resigned his Augusta membership within hours after White House reporter Helen Thomas asked about it.


TAKE ACTION

* Read about Augusta National in the Feminist News
* Visit the NCWO's Hall of Hypocrisy
* Rally for Women's Equality! Join the Augusta National Golf Club/Masters Tournament Protest April 12, 2003 in Augusta

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