June 19, 2013
Augusta Golf Club Admits First 2 Female Members
Posted on Aug 20, 2012
Welcome to the 21st century, Augusta National Golf Club! After 80 years, the home of the prestigious Masters golf tournament is finally allowing women to become members of the exclusive club.
Augusta, which had come under fire in recent years for its male-only membership policy, broke the ban by inviting former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to join.
Both women, of course, accepted the offer. They will receive their green jackets once the club’s new season begins in October.
“This is a joyous occasion as we enthusiastically welcome Secretary Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore as members of Augusta National Golf Club,” Bill Payne, chairman of the Augusta club and the famed Masters golf tournament, wrote in a statement posted on the Masters website. “This is a significant and positive time in our Club’s history and, on behalf of our membership, I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome them and all of our new members into the Augusta National family.”
Admitting a couple of women to an all-male club doesn’t banish decades of inequality and sexism, but it’s a step in the right direction.
—Posted by Tracy Bloom.
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