Organizations: Not for Men Only

Not for Men Only

Most of the major international service clubs have always been of, by and for men. Even after the U.S. Supreme Court decided in 1984 that states could force the Jaycees to admit women, three of the biggest clubs -- Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis -- stuck to their bans on female membership. But since the high court ruled on May 4 that states can also compel Rotary clubs to accept women, the walls of discrimination have been crumbling.

On July 4 the 1.37 million-member Lions Clubs International agreed to admit women, and last week the Kiwanians (312,000 strong) followed suit. An estimated 90%...

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