Comment: All-male club must move with the times

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For an organisation with its roots in the Scottish Enlightenment, it will surely not take long for it to see the light.

The historic Speculative Society will be forced to think the unthinkable and open its doors to women if it wants to remain in its home of 250 years. And about time too.

There is nothing quaint about remaining an all-male bastion in 2014.

Whether it is a golf club or an ancient society, to continue with such a sexist policy is simply outdated and unfair.

The historic decision of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club ­earlier this year to admit women is of course going to be seen as more important than an Edinburgh University boys’ club which many will never even have heard of (it’s not as if there has been a queue of women waiting in the Old College corridors to sign up after all).

But it is an important and ­symbolic move nonetheless and senior vice-principal ­Professor Mary Bownes should be congratulated for pushing through the change which no doubt many thought they would never see.

Scotland’s First Minister-in-waiting Nicola Sturgeon told the Evening News this week she wanted to send a positive message to young women and girls that if you work hard enough, and are good enough, there should be no ­barriers or glass ceiling to ­reaching the very top.

Moves like this at Edinburgh University will ensure such ­barriers become fewer and fewer in the future.

Truly enlightened.

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