Update on Muirfield

Those of you who have been following the blog for a while will remember our condemnation of Muirfield Golf Club, who refused to allow women members to join the club in the face of widespread protests from the media, pressure groups, and celebrities. It was heartening, then, to see in the news that they have held another vote and reversed the decision.

Fledgling, who many of you will remember from her post on sweating as a woman, pointed out to me that this decision was taken as a response to the R&A, golf’s governing body, removing Muirfield from the list of venues to consider for hosting the prestigious Open Championship. For me, this reflects well on the governing body and its stance, which demonstrates how political pressure and good leadership can bring about change and challenge inherent prejudice.



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