Real prob­lems for fe­male golf

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

No one looks at the real prob­lems for fe­male golf mem­ber­ship on P.E.I. In most cases, golf has been an up­per class sport. The women and men I have known who have golf mem­ber­ships have few or any wor­ries about the cost of mem­ber­ships. Very of­ten their chil­dren have lessons early on and they also have mem­ber­ships. They can af­ford all the equip­ment and women in these so­cial class fre­quently own cars, have maids, child­care and more.

The mid­dle so­cial-class of men and women are usu­ally em­ployed full-time. With­out chil­dren, many of the women can af­ford the fees and time spent on the course. How­ever, mostly the men golf and the women look af­ter the chil­dren, the house­hold, school work and more, af­ter work­ing all week. In some cases men help in the home but many men do not. Males more of­ten than fe­males are taught to play golf in youth.

The lower so­cial-class of women are usu­ally min­i­mum in­come work­ers and of­ten do not get any ben­e­fits on the job. P.E.I. women have moved to other prov­inces for full-time em­ploy­ment and higher pay. Some younger women are in univer­sity, train­ing cour­ses and have large loans. Sin­gle, di­vorced, wid­owed and re­tired women too of­ten have all they can do, to put food on the ta­ble. Fifty dol­lars for one day of golf will buy a lot of Kraft din­ners. It is not al­ways the women’s fault that they are in this so­cial class; it is just the way life goes for many fe­males.

The great­est prob­lems are: rare fi­nan­cial breaks for women, no child care fa­cil­i­ties at golf cour­ses, golf equip­ment rentals are high and on it goes. Flora Jean Thompson, Char­lot­te­town

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