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A stroke of progress at Augusta

After 80 years of operating as the ultimate good old boys secret society, Augusta National Golf Club finally admitted two women this week. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina businesswoman Darla Moore will become the first women to don the club's famous green jackets when they are officially welcomed as members this fall. It's about time. It's about doing the long-overdue right thing.

Augusta National is the home of the Masters, one of golf's most prestigious tournaments. But this pristine shrine to golf also harbored an ugly legacy of exclusion. It was not until 1990 that the club grudgingly admitted its first black member. And it took another 22 years to offer membership to Rice and Moore, who at long last have shattered one of America's most visible glass ceilings.

While the admission of Rice and Moore marks an important symbol of gender equality, the men who run Augusta National still need to do more. It is no surprise to see women in corporate boardrooms or high political office — and it shouldn't be uncommon to see them at Augusta, either.

A stroke of progress at Augusta 08/24/12 [Last modified: Friday, August 24, 2012 6:13pm]
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