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THE GRASS CEILING

It's only anecdotal, but evidence indicates that being
a scratch golfer will aid a woman's corporate ascent

Friday, July 30, 1999

"Golf is the sport of business and if women expect to exist and thrive in that environment, they've got to be able to play. I've had women come to me and say that they have been offered partnerships or vice-presidencies conditional on their

learning golf"--golf pro Bruce Domoney, former director of Toronto's Bay Street Golf Academy

Rationale for women taking up golf in 1904: "a boon and blessing to many women, who would otherwise be leading bored, aimless lives"; in 1966: "perfect cure for that well-known disease, 'Kitchenitis'"; in 1996: "Golf is a valuable means of business communication. ...Women who take the time to learn can...use golf in business even better than men do"--Ladies Golf, 1904; A Woman's Way to Better Golf, 1966; and Saturday Night magazine, June, 1996

"I took it up for business, no question. In the pharmaceutical industry, golf tournaments are very popular, and I wanted to take part"--Nancy Kent, an advertising manager at Maclean-Hunter's Medical Post

Most common leisure activity among senior executive women in a 1996 survey by Catalyst, a New York-based research group that promotes the advancement of women: golf

Most cited reason for playing: networking with the "right people"--Nation's Business, December, 1996

"Learn to play golf. It's absolutely key." Patricia Bewers, a director at Canada Trust, advises executive women hoping to become company directors--The Toronto Star, Nov. 24, 1998

Advantage in salary of women executives with a 10 handicap or lower (average score: 82) over non-golfing male colleagues with similar jobs, according to a survey by Hyatt Hotels: +$30,000--National Post, April 12, 1999

Ratio of men to women golfing: nearly 3 to 1

"A woman who can play golf well is going to be respected within the company and really respected by men. And if she beats a guy in the company who acts like a weenie about it, he's going to be ridiculed for not being a team player"--Bruce Domoney

"Unless a client had a really good sense of humour, I would never take him out on a golf course to impress him"--Kathryn Seymour, discipline counsel at the Law Society of Upper Canada, who plays in a women's league, Chicks with Sticks

Score above which you might think twice about conducting business on the golf course according to experts: over 110 for 18 holes--National Post, April 12, 1999

How reporter Marcia Chambers describes exclusive golfing clubs in The Unplayable Lie: The Untold Story of Women and Discrimination in American Golf (Pocket Books, 1995): "...the last caste system in America and a cultural backwater guided by rules and bylaws created at a time when women didn't have the right to vote"

How Chambers characterized her research into how private golf clubs treat women: more impenetrable than her work trying to report on the death of Mafia leaders Joe Colombo and Joey Gallo or the Patty Hearst kidnappings--preface to The Unplayable Lie

"We can provide access to other women golfers. Men can just walk up to the first tee and see who comes along. Women can't do that, because the majority of men don't want to play with them"--golf pro Sandra Post explains the thinking behind The Executive Women's Golf Association, which formed its first Canadian chapter in Toronto, July, 1998.

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