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8/21/2012 Augusta National Golf Club Invites First Female Members
The Augusta National Golf Club invited Condoleeza Rice and Darla Moore to become the first female members in the club's history after pressure from women's groups and advocates....
7/27/2010 Augusta State Sued by Anti-Gay Student
Augusta State University is facing a lawsuit filed by graduate student Jennifer Keeton, who alleges that faculty members and administrators threatened to expel her if she did not attend diversity sensitivity workshops and a gay pride parade....
4/22/2009 Thousands Attend Same Sex Marriage Bill Hearings in Maine
The Maine state Legislature Judiciary Committee is holding hearings today on two gay rights bills before several thousand people in the Augusta Convention Center....
6/12/2007 Ministers in UK Government Draft New Anti- Discrimination Legislation
The United Kingdom government published today a consultation document that included proposals for a Single Equality Bill that will cover England, Wales, and Scotland....
5/10/2006 New Augusta National Chair Continues Discrimination Against Women
Billy Payne, new chair of Augusta National Golf Club, has stated that he will uphold the all-male club's practice of denying membership to women....
4/10/2006 ExxonMobil Shareholders Teed Off Over Masters Sponsorship
A group of ExxonMobil shareholders has filed a resolution charging Exxon with discrimination for sponsoring the annual Masters golf tournament....
5/27/2004 First Amateur Woman to Play in US Womens Open
Michelle Wie, a 14-year-old Hawaiian golf prodigy, received a special exemption this week from the US Golf Association (USGA) to play in this year's US Women's Open....
6/11/2003 Bill Proposes Ending Tax Deductions for Discrimination
US Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY14), Louise Slaughter (D-NY28) and Brad Sherman (D-CA27) joined together today to announce a new federal bill that would eliminate tax breaks for corporations that hold business conferences and meetings at male-exclusive clubs....
4/14/2003 Burk Leads Protests at Augusta During the Masters
Martha Burk, chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations, led a group of supporters Saturday, protesting the sex-discriminatory all-male membership of Augusta National Golf Club, site of last week's Masters Golf Tournament....
4/8/2003 Augusta Protest Law Upheld
A federal district judge issued a disappointing decision Monday, ruling in favor of new Augusta city protest laws that prohibit demonstrations at the Augusta National Golf Club's front gate "in the interest of public safety." Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Martha Burk of the National Council of Womens Organizations (NCWO) and the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, alleging that the recently passed city protest ruleswhich limit the types of protests, grant full discretion over the issuance of permits to the county sheriff, and indemnify the county against all losses, regardless of faultare unconstitutional....
3/31/2003 Augusta: Less Corporate Presence This Year
As the controversy rages over Augusta Nationals discriminatory all-male membership, corporate presence from the nations most elite firms will be understated at this years Masters golf tournament, according to the New York Times....
3/27/2003 Burk Prepares for Augusta Protests
Speaking at a New York City protest yesterday, National Council of Womens Organizations (NCWO) Chair Martha Burk chastised CBS and Augusta National for continuing to uphold the clubs exclusive all-male membership amidst the ongoing war with Iraq....
3/13/2003 ACLU, NCWO Suing Over Augusta Protest Rights
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia filed a federal lawsuit yesterday on behalf of Martha Burk of the National Council of Womens Organizations (NCWO) and the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, alleging that the newly passed city protest rules are unconstitutional....
2/28/2003 KKK to Protest, Siding with Augusta National
Responding to Jesse Jacksons announcement earlier this week that the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition would apply to protest Augusta Nationals discriminatory all-male membership in April, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) said it too would request a permitbut to support the clubs position....
2/25/2003 Augusta: Obstacles Expected as Plans to Protest Continue
One week after Augusta Richmond county commissioners approved a new ordinance requiring protesters to obtain permits 20 days before demonstrating, Martha Burk, chair of the National Council of Womens Organizations (NCWO) told the New York Times she expects to encounter obstacles when she applies this week for a permit to protest at the Masters tournament in April....
2/19/2003 Sorenstam First Woman in 58 Years to Play in PGA, Augusta Passes New Protest Rules
Golf star Annika Sorenstam last Wednesday accepted an invitation to play in the PGAs upcoming Colonial tournamentmaking her the first woman in 58 years to compete in the event....
2/4/2003 Augusta Officials Again Block New Laws Restricting Protest
For the second time, officials in Augusta, Georgia, failed to pass laws restricting demonstrations in the city in anticipation of protests of the all-male membership policy of Augusta National Golf Club at the Masters....
1/24/2003 Augusta: Commissioners Reject Proposal to Stiffen Protest Laws
Augusta commissioners rejected a proposed update to the Augusta city ordinance requiring group demonstrators to apply for a protest permit at least 30 days prior to the event date....
12/13/2002 NCWO Asks Bush to Clarify Comment About Sex Bias
The National Council of Womens Organizations (NCWO) is asking the Bush administration to clarify a statement made earlier this week by White House Spokesman Ari Fleischer in which he said that sex discrimination does not count as much as race discrimination....
12/10/2002 Bush Nominee for Treasury Secretary to Quit Augusta
Shortly after President Bush made public his nomination of John Snow for Secretary of the Treasury on Monday, Snow announced his plans to quit Augusta National Golf Club....
12/3/2002 Former Head of CBS Quits Augusta over Exclusionary Membership Policy
Thomas Wyman, a former CEO of CBS, last week quit his 25-year membership in Augusta National Golf Club to protest its male-only membership policy....
11/21/2002 Groups Continue Push for Women Members at Augusta
Despite the media blitz last week by Augusta National chair Hootie Johnson, defending the exclusion of women from the clubs elite membership and insisting that there is a difference between racial and gender discrimination, two more groups this week joined the call for female members....
11/12/2002 Interviews Reveal Position on Women at Augusta National Unchanged
In a media blitz, including a commentary and interviews with key newspapers, Augusta National chair Hootie Johnson staunchly defended and reasserted his position refusing to admit women into the clubs elite membership. Despite statements made by prominent club members, including Kenneth I....
10/30/2002 PGA Tour Urged to Dissociate from Masters over Augustas Membership Policy
Martha Burk, Chair of the National Council of Womens Organizations (NCWO), yesterday urged commissioner Tim Finchem to dissociate the PGA Tour from the Masters because of Augusta Nationals continued refusal to admit women into its membership....
10/18/2002 Womens Group Targets PGA Sponsors to Pressure Sexist Club
The National Council of Womens Organizations (NCWO) is spearheading efforts to open up the male-only Augusta National Golf Club to women, most recently planning to target sponsors of the Professional Golf Association (PGA) to encourage Augusta National to change its membership policy, Associated Press reports....
10/7/2002 Citigroup Executive First to Support Female Membership to Augusta National
In a statement issued Friday, Citigroup chair Sanford Weill became the first high-powered executive among about 20 such Augusta National Golf Club members contacted by the National Council of Womens Organizations (NCWO) to urge that the club alter its policy to include female members....
9/20/2002 Despite Demands From Womens Groups, CBS To Broadcast Masters
CBS yesterday promptly denied a request from the National Council of Womens Organizations (NCWO) to refrain from broadcasting the 2003 Masters golf tournament because of the discriminatory policies of the club that owns and operates the event, the Augusta National Golf Club. Augusta National excludes women from its membership, a policy that NCWO - which represents six million members of more than 100 womens organizations including the Feminist Majority - has been working to change....
9/19/2002 National Women's Groups Ask CBS to Discontinue Broadcast of Masters Golf Tournament
Washington, D.C., Sept....
9/3/2002 Golf Tournament Host Refuses To End Sex Discrimination
In an effort to evade a request from the National Council of Womens Organizations to eliminate discrimination against women at their exclusive Augusta, Georgia golf club, the host of next years Masters golf tournament has cancelled corporate sponsorship and will instead shoulder the estimated $7 million cost of the national tournament....
7/10/2002 Golf Tournament Host Refuses To Allow Women
In an insolent statement to the Washington Post, the host of next years Masters golf tournament refused a plea from the National Council of Womens Organizations to open their exclusive Augusta, Georgia golf club to women....


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