Gender equality is achieved when women and men enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society, including economic participation and decision-making, and when the different behaviours, aspirations and needs of women and men are equally valued and favoured. In western society women are theoretically afforded the same legal rights as men, however in practice they are not often given them. The clearest example would be salary differences, as in many countries and America men are paid more than women in a lot of professional jobs. This clear gender position not only involves disparities in wages but employment opportunities also, unequal representation in politics
The issues that lie within the golfing world whether it be the professional or amateur ranks are clear for men and women to see. This research proposal analyses gender equality and the future of gender equality in golf. Many people who play golf are content with the way it is but a lot are beginning to see cracks, which have been emerging in the modern game for a number of years. Although the separation of sexes has been a somewhat traditional viewpoint, society has moved forward where women and men have undoubted equal rights. In 2014, only 260 years after its inception, the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews voted to allow female members. It appeared the cracks were slowly beginning to be filled however, Muirfield continued to be unrepentant about their male only policy. The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers (HCEG), the governing body of Muirfield voted against allowing females become members of the club. This was met with worldwide criticism and in March 2017, a second vote was had, this time around women were voted in favour of joining which may prove to be another step forward in gender equality.