ATLANTA (WAOK)-Rainbow PUSH has joined other organizations over the years in picketing Augusta National because of it’s “men only” membership policy. Now that women have been invited to join the prestigious country club, RPC VP and legal counsel Janice L. Mathis issued the following statement:

“We are gratified that Augusta National has agreed to finally invite women to join the club.  Darla Moore and Condoleeza Rice are both stellar examples of the character, talent, drive and accomplishment that will only enhance the club’s membership.  Having come out of UGA athletics and the Olympics, we believed that Billy Payne is the type of leader who understands the role of women in sport. It is only right that during the 40th year since the enactment of Title IX that a significant barrier to women’s equality would fall.  The Masters may be owned and produced by Augusta National, but it is a quintessentially American sports landmark.  That fact, together with the public support provided by the citizens of Augusta-Richmond County made the tournament and its sponsor the business of all Americans.  It is also important to note that part of the great American tradition is the right to protest injustice.   This year, and many years before, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Martha Burke, NOW and others engaged in peaceful direct action and protest to bring this matter to light.  The Rainbow PUSH Coalition celebrates this important victory with Augusta National and our movement allies.”


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