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Green With Envy No More: First Female Members in the Augusta National Golf Club

A jacket that will no longer be one for the dads, one for the boys club — but a perfect fit for a female. A fashion statement that has made history…

An historic day in golf to say the least. After 80 years, the Augusta National Golf Club will allow females to partake. The club has it’s first two female members in former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice and business woman, Darla Moore, a graduate from the University of South Carolina.

Augusta is the home of the Masters and simply put has been a “No Girls Allowed” clubhouse for almost a century.

Almost a decade ago, Martha Burk of the National Council of Women’s Organizations played a key role in bringing forth the idea that women should be allowed in the club. Then club chairman, Hootie Johnson, frowned upon this idea with a famous quote, “Augusta National might one day have a woman in a green jacket, but not at the point of a bayonet.” Because of this, Johnson lost Masters television sponsors for two years.

It wasn’t until 1990 that Augusta saw it’s first black members. Now 22-years later, do we finally see progression that has made history — but it took so long to reach this point in equality, it was like watching grass grow.

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We’ve seen the previous winner of the Masters Tournament place a green jacket on the new winner. The idea of the green jacket originated with club co-founder Clifford Roberts. It was said he wanted those visiting to be able to identify those who were members.

Well make no mistake, green jacket or not, these two profound females, will be noticed. It’s about time the Augusta National Golf Club is finally on par and on the right course with the rest of society.

Maybe the picture below can use an update?

“We’re goin’ to dinner, kids! Which jacket goes best with my tie?! Mine or your moms?”

Flickr/Secret in the Dirt

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