ONE of the organisers of a Liberal National Party International Women's Day lunch, to be held at a club that excludes female members, has drawn comparisons between the event and an icon of the US civil rights movement.
Details of the lunch, to be held at Brisbane's Tattersall's Club on Friday, emerged on Wednesday to howls of ridicule.
In defending the choice to use Tattersall's, LNP Women vice-president Peta Simpson cited Rosa Parks, the African-American woman who famously refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Alabama and became a symbol of the American civil rights movement.
"If she'd never gone on a bus and refused to stand up, who knows how long it would have taken that movement to start," she said.
"If we say it's a men-only club and we're not going to go there because they do things we maybe don't like, then that's kind of just continuing on with the tradition."
Ms Simpson said she could "think of no better place" to have the International Women's Day lunch, if for no other reason than the symbolism.
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