Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

April-10-06

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. The 70th Masters, which took place last weekend, is always held at the exclusive all-male Augusta National Golf Club. The resolution asserts that ExxonMobil’s sponsorship of the event violates company anti-discrimination policy, and calls for management to provide detailed reports of all expenses paid to venues that discriminate against women.

The resolution’s lead filer is Martha Burk, director of the Corporate Accountability Project at the National Council of Women’s Organizations and Money Editor of Ms. magazine, who will bring the proposal before stockholders at a meeting next month in Dallas. Burk has led the protest against Augusta National since 2002, when she urged the PGA Tour, which sanctions but does not own or sponsor the Masters, to distance itself from the tournament. After Burk and other women’s leaders led a protest at the 2003 Masters, CBS broadcast the event with no commercial sponsorship for two years in a row (see Ms. magazine, Summer 2003). Last year, only one of the former sponsors, IBM, returned, joined by ExxonMobil and AT&T, two companies whose top executives are members of Augusta National.

The PGA announced in 1990 that it would not hold future tournaments at clubs that discriminate on the basis of race or sex after a controversy erupted regarding the site of that year’s PGA Tour, Shoal Creek Golf Club in Alabama, which at the time barred African-American members. However, the Masters has continued to be held at the all-male Augusta, with the sanction of the PGA. "The message that the business leaders of the largest corporations in the world are sending is that gender discrimination is not as serious as racial discrimination," Burk said in an interview with Ms. magazine.

Media Resources: Feminist Daily News Wire; Golf Today, 4/2003; Ms. magazine interview 4/6/06; Reuters 4/5/06


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

7/23/2014 UConn to Pay Over $1.2 Million in Sexual Assault Settlement - The University of Connecticut (UConn) will pay $1.28 million in settlement fees for a sexual assault lawsuit brought against the university by five sexual assault survivors. The federal lawsuit was brought by five women after four of the women had filed complaints with the Department of Education (ED) alleging that UConn had mishandled rape cases and failed to take action on reports of harassment, in violation of Title IX. . . .
 
7/23/2014 100 Days Vigils Held To Support Rescue of Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls - 100 days ago today, more than 270 schoolgirls were kidnapped in Nigeria by Boko Haram. . . .
 
7/22/2014 Louisiana Pro-Choice Community Stands Up Against Operation Rescue - Saturday, Operation Rescue/Operation Save America launched an aggressive week-long siege against reproductive health clinics and abortion care providers in southern Louisiana. The annual siege is expected to run through Saturday, July 26, but already, several dozen Operation Rescue protesters have moved these forceful assemblies to doctors' private residences, riling neighbors in the process with their megaphones, explicit and invasive signage. . . .