For you old timers out there, did you ever work at an accounting firm (or in a corporate accounting department) where women or African-Americans weren’t permitted to work? A mid-sized firm that I know well hired their first female accountant in 1980. The firm had been in business for decades prior to this move. This is not an unusual scenario.
The news of Augusta National Golf Club now accepting female members made me think of how the accounting profession has progressed in its hiring practices. Augusta National Golf Club is truly one of the last holdouts of this outmoded, backwards thinking. Jason Gay’s article in today’s Wall Street Journal really hits the nail on the head. He wrote, in a piece titled “Augusta Joins Planet Earth”:
“…Augusta National’s decision to admit women to its khaki-pants man cave sounds completely hilarious. It’s like getting a lost email from 1921.”
Is your firm/company progressive in its hiring practices and opportunities? If not, maybe it’s time to see if the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.
Now, how good a golfer is Condoleezza Rice anyway? I have no idea, but I would love to golf a round with her.
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