Iva Deutchman, professor of political science, was quoted in an article on the controversy surrounding the exclusion of women from membership at the Augusta Gulf Club in the April 20, 2003, edition of the Japanese Yomiuri Weekly.
The section containing her comments was kindly translated by Jonathan Wolff, associate provost, and says the following:
Professor Iva Deutchman of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the U.S., knowledgeable about feminist issues, warns that “It is not necessary for athletes to shoulder the role of social activist” and cautions that “it is not unusual for the mass media to concern itself with human rights issues, but it works in both positively and negatively.”
One good example is the case where, in 1990, well known clubs such as Augusta accepted Black membership for the first time. At that time also The (New York) Times had taken the opportunity to attack racially discriminatory membership selection.
On future changes, Professor Deutchman predicts that “In the U.S., women are rapidly accumulating social power. The exclusion of such women will be of no benefit to Augusta. The admission of women will probably be approved before long.”