It has happened again. For the millionth time, a woman has been snubbed and humiliated simply because she is a woman. This time it is by one of the most bigoted organizations - the Augusta National Golf Club. Ginni Rometty, the CEO of IBM, has been denied membership in a club that hosts the most prestigious of golf tournaments. I don't know much about IBM or golf but I do know that being a woman is not a deficiency of any type.
So where is the fury? Where is the boycott by the gender equality people? How is it that a tournament can go on in such a place and no one is picketing? Has Ms. Rometty stopped being a woman because she has money? So what it is a private club? It is a private club in America. To be sure, it is not just a club, its a business selling its program on TV.
Women bashing has probably always been a great American sport. In recent history though, from Obermann to Limbaugh, every time some misogynist has opened his mouth there has been public outcry followed by an unconvincing apology. However, we are selective. We keep quiet when the attack is targeted towards a powerful, wealthy, and connected woman. That woman can be Hillary Clinton or Meg Whitman. Oh look! those rich people are fighting over who can be in their fancy little club. How cute. Does discrimination pick poor women over rich? Not really if we go by Ms. Rometty's experience. Then why do we bite our tongues when it comes to defending them?
Is it because we women don't like powerful women? Do we in our hearts believe that the true place of a woman is at home? Do these strong personalities violate our concept of ourselves? Or is it that we hate the wealthy so much that we suspend our sense of right and wrong when it comes to them?
I see Ms. Rometty as a woman first. I guess she would see herself that way too. So injustice against her is injustice against me. In fact it is injustice against all women. And this is injustice no matter how much money or power she has.