Campaign Diary: Time to take a wager as women prepare to invade the Thirty Club

Nothing, it seems, is sacred. As if giving women the vote wasn’t enough, let alone the humiliation sustained by allowing them membership of the MCC, the last bastion (almost) has fallen: the Thirty Club has voted to allow those irksome, skirt-wearing creatures into its hallowed rooms.

Nothing, it seems, is sacred. As if giving women the vote wasn’t

enough, let alone the humiliation sustained by allowing them membership

of the MCC, the last bastion (almost) has fallen: the Thirty Club has

voted to allow those irksome, skirt-wearing creatures into its hallowed

rooms.



No more will its members be allowed to chew in peace over the finer

points of Rolls-Royce engines and cricketing tales as they quaff port,

untroubled by the trivia of the day. No, it’ll be all babies and

hemlines from now on.



Of course, it is not exactly the last bastion - there is still one place

in which men can cavort freely without the worry of tripping over a

crocodile handbag (or something equally scaly and overpreserved). The

Solus Club’s president, Andrew Brown - director-general of the

Advertising Association by day - explained away the absence of women

from the membership list with practised aplomb. ’We have no intention of

proposing anything which could potentially undermine WACL. That,’ he

purred, ’would be unhelpful and unthoughtful.’



So as the predictable troupe of female networkers swat the moths away

from their shoulderpads as they dry their pink nail varnish, Campaign

has gone to the trouble of opening a book on the race to elbow the chaps

aside at the Thirty Club. Who will be the first laydee to bombard the

lucky gentlemen with champagne and business cards?



Ever-thoughtful, we have printed a ready reckoner with odds, correct at

the time of going to press. For punters wishing to study form, the next

WACL speaker’s dinner is on 4 April.



Samantha Smith, managing director, FCA! (favourite)                evens

Carol Fisher, chief executive, COI                                   2-1

Stevie Spring, chief executive, More Group                           7-4

Sue Farr, director of public service marketing, BBC                  4-1

Anne Harris, freelance PR                                            4-1

Amanda Walsh, partner, Walsh Trott Chick Smith                      11-4

Jo Smith, new-business director, Grey                                8-1

Judy Mitchem, new-business director, M&C Saatchi                     3-2

Cilla Snowball, managing director, AMV BBDO                         50-1



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