The bastion of elitism that is Augusta National Golf Club announced Monday morning, by way of its chairman, that it was finally admitting two women into the boy’s club — after 80 years. One of those women is none other than former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
More than 90 years after U.S. women “earned” the right to vote, and nearly four decades after Roe v. Wade, Augusta National is finally giving women the “right” to golf alongside its male members.
As senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper noted on Twitter: “Congratulations to Augusta National Golf Club for joining the 20th century! — Love, people in the 21st Century.”
At least one of the two women who are making history today is a familiar name — former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
The other woman is Darla Moore, the vice president of the investment firm Rainwater Inc. and chair of a nonprofit, South Carolina-based think tank — the Palmetto Institute, according to CNN.
“These accomplished women share our passion for the game of golf and both are well known and respected by our membership,” Chairman Billy Payne said in a statement Monday.
These women also seemingly share a very pro-business stance and, in all likelihood, the same conservative political values and ideologies.
So let’s say we can’t expect to see Hillary Clinton or Nancy Pelosi sharing the green on the Georgia golf course alongside Condi and Darla anytime soon.
That said, we can’t expect too much from Augusta. This is the same course that didn’t allow African Americans as members until 1990!
In echoing CBS Sports: “Way to go, Augusta National. I guess.”
“If this is where I’m supposed to congratulate Augusta National on changing its sexist policy and admitting a woman — two whole women! — then I’m screwing up right from the start,” columnist Gregg Doyel writes, continuing later on in the piece, “And this is where I’m supposed to pat Augusta National on the back?
“Not a chance. For decades Augusta National was a racist, sexist club inhabited by racist, sexist pigs. Many of those pigs still roam the grounds. Congratulations, Augusta National. You finally got here. But you have a long way still to go.”