Welcome to golf in the 21st century

Well, let’s welcome the Augusta National Golf Club, the very private white man’s club, to the 21st century! It finally opened its doors to two very deserving women, Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state and the first black Provost of Stanford University, and Darla Moore, VP of Rainwater, an investment company, and one of Fortune’s 50 most powerful American businesswomen. Rice and Moore made history as the first two women to join the hallowed ranks of this elitist club in which membership is by invitation only and through a private process. The club, which was established in 1933, prohibited not only women but also blacks. It was not until 1990 that the first black member was invited to join. How many other blacks are members? Hard to determine since their membership list is “secret.” Is the invitation to Rice and Moore just a token one? Hard to say, and only time will tell. Should Rice and Moore be belittled and condemned as some comments indicated in the blogosphere yesterday? Not at all. However, I would not classify it as one those significant moments in women’s fight for equality. As we have experienced throughout history, and I learned in depth writing Women Trailblazers of California: Pioneers to the Present, every small step counts. We must continue to break down the barriers and support the women who are in the forefront doing it. We all stand to gain. For more detailed information on this story see the New York Times article here. What do you think about this?

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