I 0. U -'.' .. .:
t J; dith Gl er was taed out
ao tMhe Mver Cb last week, I made
h r a Mry. And the mor e thoUm ht
1 .theu artera Pe got
After all, fI had not tried to sneak
wa the plae. She had een invited .
e was not elacud or _dqptlve.
She wa a IreIlsml uButs her,
there to apic rah Wla Spre
But shi was t dou WelL notf
tradition: at -i w. mi -
The club has another
the Orega Room, where w maa
.have unch. In the eve IRe
relaxed to allow women ea l thib
isou s men only.
Almost men nly: The serving
ple are female, so there is ad
Sstnal opro or ale over ia rHow
wouM you e your steak, S ") .to
Sthe baicybf cover
1ITite polgiving the orders and
Sthrues are mae mem.
ber oa the Jacksonville Business-
men's Associaion, wc started the
club In 1M in the Prudential Bulkd-
Si. It now cu the and 35th
Afior of the Idependet Life build-
- Mrs. Ger is a freelance photog-
rIher who came to Jacksonvile &
IM3 anddeciMed to stay. She Is a tal-6
aened woman who has built a national
..utation and prosperng business.
SShe s robu ad re aous, ad
shele itd dsher I ane bout what.
Yppenetdto r Ia tGe tiver Cub. P
L s liwe- If#* Ic
"Ot course," the bak officers said.
So the grow eid or nie peo.
PK including bank Groside ne
C. wner got in an elevator and
went up to the River Club. They st-
tled down to talk an offhe-recrd
bd of talk that the reporter codd
vue as background in their stories.
It was the codcktail waitress who
aset the tone. She wanted up for the
dak orders, looked at Mi. Getter
and said women were ant permFted
in the club drin the day doe was.
gn to besed to leave.
'rm like yo," Mrs. Gefter told
her. "I'm not a woman ether. .'d
.The waitress left and the conersa- *
;Suddenly, there was a flurry: a
couple of men arrived. Women are
not flowed tbe said. They
r. ter. i have n
c ebewhere.Whiner -rni hiW$ '
b Ther reporter saId thatM
Getter was a meumer of the p"rep
she hada rit to be there.
"Yeah," Mrs& Geter said "I can
even go into locker rooms "
; In the end, the club's rue won. The
entire group got up, went to the ele-
vator dad down to the audlarHum
where the conversation was flahed
and Mn. Gefter finished her pho*
"Whitner apologized over and
over," she said later. "He said he
didn't make that ru and t eve
know about it" ;.
It was the first time in her rofes- .
aonal career that Mrs. Gef r had
rp into that sort of sexism.'
"My original thought was tell..
them I waa't going to ve" she
said. "I was goi to say, Car me
out.' But I gues the better
was for the entire group to lee.
"I didn't real I was In the good
ole boy enclave. I know that sort of
thing exists. I'd like to ignore it. But
,now, I want to do something to 1
From Mrs. Gefter's or most profes-
slonal women's point of view,,;the ,
club's rule Is silly and insulting.
The New.Yorm* Ib had hLr
to pbalpbthe FIrills rNlha
BaLk's al _'meet. It.elt so e
pendt Ufe Yalwire. Alar tbe
session, vel r of the top owe-
cn agreed to meet inrma wth
Th Timns renarter a5d tl WBa I
"What kind at adi thee in a
ote t eMurtoma' ldte t
di. a r ter a she so W tMW .
"Imth htthaJa lee was .
te d1- of a ulser Renaiw ce.
ow, e %whole word is Soe teo
baow adot ad g 0nreedl hltMe
nur;L at it another way.
Any pychaelogt can make a con-
vincig arguMent that male-only '
rune r dsviad by men who may he
a Ewe me of hmuhnives. Ihee i
the ImM aeinbe o the Rhiver Cb
clde theI rh11t, mo towers
aUd bhoabeB you ffe ql
moices 7W WOOMI
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