The Hawke's Bay Law Society isn't helping dispel the perception their profession is a misogynist chauvinistic old boys club by holding their function at a mens only club...
President Alan Cooper confirmed that the Hawke's Bay Club, established in 1863, had never had a female member.
"It's been this way for 150 years," he said. "Why would a woman want to be a member?"
He said it was not deliberate discrimination. "There's areas of the club where you can entertain women."
Women can attend functions hosted at the club but cannot enter the "members-only" bar, except on Saturdays. The Hawke's Bay Law Society party is on a Friday.
...'There's areas of the club where you can entertain women'??? Hello 19th Century sexism, welcome to the 21st Century.
Holding your annual xmas piss up at a Men's only club is the sort of thing drug dealers, pornographers or middle management would agree to, the legal profession does itself no favours with this obviously insulting choice of venue.
What are the Hawke's Bay Law Society saying to their female employees, female clients, their own mothers, sisters and daughters?
It's ugly and needlessly sexist in a world that already treats women as second class citizens.
Holding your end of year Christmas event at a mens only club is about as inclusive as the KKK.