Transcript for Augusta National Golf Club Adds 1st Female Members
Now, more on the big headline from one of the most exclusive clubs in the country, augusta national, home of the masters. Opening its doors to women, for the first time since it was founded some 80 years ago. One of those women, former secretary of state condoleezza rice. Steve osunsami joins us with the latest this morning. Reporter: Good morning. This is a very big deal. Augusta national is a very private and very wealthy club that doesn't like to be told what to do. And they clearly made a concession. It's the dawn of a new day. It was a long time coming. Augusta national, set in its ways, allowing two women, former secretary of state condoleezza rice, and business executive, darla moore, into its club of STATESMEN, CEOs AND GREEN Jackets. And overnight, some of the biggest stars welcomed them in. This is 2012. My god. Let's get this thing moving and move it forward. Reporter: Tiger woods wrote, I think the decision by augusta national membership is important to golf. For martha burk and the women's groups that protested outside of augusta national every year, this is a big morning. This is a step forward for all women. But particularly women in the business world because they have now been let into an old boys' club, where deals are made, money changes hands, big things go on. And they've been shut out until now. So, it's a crack in that glass ceiling. It's not broken yet, though. Reporter: Not broken through because augusta national is one private golf club that's turned. There are still several others across the country that don't allow women to join, or in some cases, don't allow women anywhere on the property. In a statement, former secretary rice wrote that golf is a wonderful source of enjoyment for me. And I feel fortunate to have this opportunity to grow my love for this great game. I think this is a huge cultural event. This is about the 12-year-old girl watching next year's masters on the couch with her mom and dad. And seeing two women in green jackets and saying, anything is possible. Reporter: What may have made the difference here is the current ceo of ibm, virginia rometty. The first woman to hold that position. And the first ceo of that company not to be admitted to augusta national. That's a big deal because the masters is sponsored by ibm. And when the story blew up in april, it put a lot of pressure on the club. We remember that very well. Yes, I think that might have had a little to do with it. Steve, thank you very much.
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