Augusta National Golf Club shifted its own traditions this week by announcing it would allow female members to join the club and feminists decried the "no girls allowed" policy. Among their first inductees were former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and successful investor Darla Moore. But apparently this move isn't enough to satisfy liberals who now complain that Rice & Moore were poor picks.
The Nation columnist Dave Zirin (yes, a dude) opines in his column that there's "nothing to celebrate":
Rice and Moore are not twenty-first-century Jackie Robinsons, and their acceptance into this bastion of exclusion has nothing to do with women's liberation and is utterly disconnected from the reality of daily life for millions of American women.
Condi Rice as a symbol of female power? Only if by power, we mean the power to put thousands of Iraqi women in graves all in the name of a war based on lies that she actively promoted. [...]
In a sane world, Rice would be awaiting trial at the Hague. Instead, she gets to play golf at a club that, incidentally, didn't allow African-Americans until 1990.
As for Darla Moore, she is a banking billionaire who lives on a South Carolina plantation that's been in her family for seven generations. She is a longtime friend of the Bush family as well as of [former Augusta president] Hootie Johnson. [...]
I'm sure it's tempting to look at today as an advance for women in sports. But it's very difficult think [sic] that today's national celebration of a multi-billionaire and a war criminal has anything to do with women's liberation.
Hoo-hah. I feel the love for the (liberal) sisterhood.
Just to recap: Two incredibly successful women were admitted as the first female members of Augusta National and liberals still see a glass ceiling here? Naturally.
In Zirin's mind, that glass ceiling can only be broken by a woman who holds a certain kind of politics in her heart:
The only way this club could be any kind of symbol of progress and justice is if the people of Augusta, Georgia, a whopping 32 percent of whom live below the US poverty line, took to the eighteenth green and occupied the Masters.