Enlightened at Augusta

Just four decades or so after most institutions in this country discovered there was little to be gained and much to be lost by excluding women, the Augusta National Golf Club has decided to finally allow female members.

It’s about time. The home of one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world — the Masters — should have opened its doors to women members long ago.

The elite Southern country club has long resisted public pressure to open its membership to women.

Tellingly, the club invited two very accomplished women to be its first female members: former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Wall Street financier Darla Moore.

Gender discrimination, it seems, will no longer be par for the course at Augusta.


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