Augusta: Give Ginni Rometty the Green Members' Jacket!
  • Petitioned Steve Ethun

This petition was delivered to:

Director of Communications, Augusta National Golf Club
Steve Ethun
Director of Business Affairs, Augusta National Golf Club
E. Will Jones
Chairman, Augusta National Golf Club
William Porter Payne
Press Relations, Augusta National Golf Club
Jim McCarthy

Augusta: Give Ginni Rometty the Green Members' Jacket!

    1. Lynne Manley
    2. Petition by

      Lynne Manley

      Milton, VT


The Masters have been a part of sports tradition since 1934. Each year the prestigious golf tournament is held at Augusta National Country Club. And each year the executives of the corporate sponsors of the tournament are presented with honorary membership to the Club and the iconic green member’s jacket. This year’s sponsors include IBM, AT&T and Exxon Mobil.

While the Masters dates all the way back to 1934, it's 2012 and Augusta National Golf Course still refuses to admit female members. Because of this outdated policy, the CEO of IBM, Virginia Rometty, won't slip on the famed green jacket and accept her membership alongside her fellow CEO’s this weekend -- simply because she’s a woman.

Instead of refusing to answer questions and hiding behind "membership privacy", Bill Payne, Augusta's chair, should take this opportunity to bring the Masters into the modern age and accept Ginni Rometty as the Club’s first female member.

Ginni Rometty worked hard to achieve her role and as a sponsor, she should be given the same honors that all other CEOs of sponsoring companies have been given since the tradition began. President Obama and GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney have both called for Augusta to admit women.

When my daughter grows up, I want her to live in a world where her hard work is rewarded with a place at the table -- not backwards policies that date back to the 1930's.

Please join me in asking Bill Payne to give Ginni the green Member’s jacket!

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    Reasons for signing

    • jillian broderick HOLBROOK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      discrimination of any kind should not be tolerated

    • Kyle Spann-Weitz WARNER, NH
      • over 2 years ago

      Because this is a violation of equal rights

    • Beth Hughes PORTLAND, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      My father was a fine gentleman. He was a big fan of golf, and played whenever he could. He played with friends as well as his wife. He always said that his wife was the best opponent he could get. He also told this to every man he played golf with, "You can't call yourself a true golf enthusiast until you've played golf against the opposite sex! And if you don't you're a coward!" The Augusta National Country Club has a chance to show the whole country that they aren't cowards. If you don't you aren't Masters, just Missies.

    • sherri plewes LONDON, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      i think because they are wrong

    • Joan M. Corrie FT. MYERS, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      I was in the early group who was admitted to membership in Phi Delta Kappa (national education honorary). And that was 25 years ago. Shame on you Augusta. jc


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