Carolyn Hitt: ‘We’re in the second decade of the 21st century but there are still places where women will never be equal’

Published 25th July 2015

We’re in the second decade of the 21st century but there are still places where women will never be equal. While thankfully, we’ll never see a private members’ club debating the admission of blacks, Jews or gay men any more, it is still apparently acceptable for them to vote on barring females.

As we saw last week. One of the more laughable news pictures featured members of the Garrick Club queuing to cast their votes in their ballot to decide whether women should be admitted after more than 180 years.

Many of them were sporting the Garrick’s gaudy salmon and cucumber tie, so there was a uniform of sorts. It made them look like an elderly prep school trip. And judging by some of the comments made at last week’s Garrick AGM, there are members who appear to have a 1950s public schoolboy’s grasp of gender dynamics.

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