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For the first time in its 80-year history, Augusta National Golf Club has female members.
The home of the Masters, under increasing criticism the last decade because of its all-male membership, invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to become the first women in green jackets when the club opens for a new season in October.
Both women accepted.
Women who want to tone their bodies without men looking on can now sweat in peace, thanks to a state law signed by the governor. Not everyone is hailing it as a victory for women, though. The law is opposed by an unlikely coalition of men rebuffed by all-women health clubs, as well as the National Organization for Women. Gov. Paul Cellucci and backers of the law, which also legalizes all-male health clubs, argue that many women prefer to exercise in private, particularly if they have been physically abused or have had mastectomies.