Michael Schurman, in his own inimitable style, made a contribution on Friday that dealt with very real technologies and innovations in today’s golf industry that we may not have thought possible decades ago and pointed out that we, too, shouldn’t be surprised by what happens in the future.
You can read Michael’s latest blog here.
That doesn’t just apply to innovation, but societal change, as well. For example, back in the ‘60s, if you were around, would you have believed you couldn’t have fired up a cigarette in the clubhouse?
If you were back in the ‘60s, would you believe that a private golf club would be apologizing to a breastfeeding mom for asking her to move to a more discreet area to breastfeed her baby, which happened recently at Lambton Golf and Country Club in Toronto?
The breastfeeding incident touched off a social media storm that illustrates the shift in the way society looks at such issues, how times have changed, and, as we’ve pointed out here on several occasions, how more is coming, including relaxed attitudes towards marijuana use and transgender rights when it comes to restrooms and change rooms.
It may also apply to who is hired or who is promoted at any business, be it in the golf industry or elsewhere. Just like the laws that require smokers to now indulge outside and ones that protect the rights of breastfeeding moms, it’s conceivable that governments may take greater control in the gender make-up of any staff.
The federal government introduced a bill recently that would require publicly traded companies to disclose to their shareholders the number of women on their corporate boards and in senior management, as well as their policies on diversity, or explain why they don’t have any.
The feds hope the proposed legislation encourages greater diversity on corporate boards and in senior management, but there have been hints that if that doesn’t work, it will consider specific targets. You can read more here.
Yes, we’re talking quotas.
Right now, the proposed legislation only applies to publicly-traded companies, but who knows when they may expand it to include all businesses and the makeup of their staff?
Do you see that day coming in which the federal government will force gender quotas on businesses, including those in the golf industry?
That’s the question in this week’s GNN Poll.
You can vote below or on the GNN home page and, should you wish to expand your thoughts, please do so in the Comments section below.