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Woman who led 2003 Masters Tournament protest to speak at NMSU

Martha Burk, a political psychologist and women's equity expert who gained national notoriety when she led a protest at the 2003 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, will be the next guest in New Mexico State University's College of Arts and Sciences' speaker series.



Dr. Martha Burk, political psychologist and women's equity expert. Dr. Burk will discuss "The Ups and Downs in the National Media Spotlight" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the NMSU Creative Media Institute's Digital Media Theatre in Milton Hall. Her talk is open to the public. (Courtesy photo)

The series runs in conjunction with a class on "Women, Politics and the Media," taught by New Mexico Lt. Gov. Diane Denish and NMSU Women's Studies faculty member Mary Benanti.

Burk's presentation, "The Ups and Downs in the National Media Spotlight," will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the Creative Media Institute's Digital Media Theatre in Milton Hall. Her talk is open to the public.

"I have known and worked with Martha Burk on issues that affect women at all levels," Denish said. "Martha is an international leader and change agent who has worked for many years to improve the lives of women all over the world and end discrimination. I am proud that she will be a speaker at our symposium."

Burk led a protest of the male-only membership rules of the Augusta National Golf Club, the tournament's host. The protest spawned 100 articles in the New York Times in addition to a few thousand articles in other major U.S. newspapers and magazines.

Even though Burk was not successful in getting the club to change its policy, her actions catapulted her into the national spotlight. She appeared on nearly 20 national news programs, including "Today," "ABC World News Tonight," "CBS Evening News," "NBC Nightly News," "Crossfire," the "News Hour with Jim Lehrer" and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."

Burk now runs the Corporate Accountability Project for the National Council of Women's Organizations, which started the Women on Wall Street project to investigate sex discrimination claims at companies associated with the Augusta National Golf Club. In May 2007, women who had sued Morgan Stanley through the Women of Wall Street project reached a $46 million settlement in their sex discrimination suit.

Burk, a feminist and syndicated columnist, serves as money editor for Ms. Magazine, a publication that named her a "Woman of the Year" in 2003. She is author of "Cult of Power: Sex Discrimination in Corporate America and What Can Be Done about It." Her articles on public policy have appeared in USA Today, Scripps Howard news services, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and other major print outlets. Her work also has appeared in the Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune, Sports Illustrated, New Yorker, Atlanta Journal Constitution and Baltimore Sun.

Burk has served on the Commission for Responsive Democracy, the Advisory Committee of Americans for Workplace Fairness, the Sex Equity Caucus of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the board of directors of the National Committee on Pay Equity. She serves as an advisory board member to several other national organizations, including the Ford Foundation and Women for World Peace.

In addition to her extensive work on domestic policy, Burk has conducted training workshops with women's non-governmental organizations in Kuwait and Macedonia. She also has conducted training in the U.S. for delegations from the Middle East, South Korea, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania and Botswana.