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0US Golf Club Augusta National Allows First Women: Condoleezza Rice, Darla Moore Join Club

One of the world’s most exclusive golf clubs, Augusta National, has decided to allow former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to become its first female members since it was founded in 1932. The first challenge to the club’s ‘no women’ policy came over a decade ago. But it wasn’t until 2002, after a very public disagreement between outspoken womens’ rights activist Martha Burk and then club chairman William Johnson, that the debate really took off. And Johnson, who stepped down from the chairmanship 6 years ago, said that he was pleased about the decision. This is not the first time that Rice has broken social boundaries. In 1993 she became the first black woman to be a Stanford University provost, where she is now a professor of political economy.