Commission comments on Muirfield golf club excluding female members

Published: 19 May 2016

Commenting in response to the announcement that Muirfield golf club in Scotland, will no longer host the Open Championship after members voted against allowing women golfers to join the club.

EHRC Scotland Commissioner Dr Lesley Sawers said:

"Muirfield’s decision not to admit women has just cost the Scottish economy £100 million.

"Whilst it may be legal to operate single sex clubs, clearly it isn’t desirable in this case. This is the consequence.

"We believe that in the 21st century the outdated wishes of the few really shouldn’t be allowed to dictate the country’s economic interests.

"At a time when we are making good progress on equalities, what signal does this send to other organisations and businesses?"

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