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Ladies Are in Luck
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At the start of the 20th century, when the actress and bon vivant Lillie Langtry tried unsuccessfully to storm gentlemen-only Keens restaurant to eat a mutton chop, she took the owner to court, and won, in 1905.

After the ruling, the actress famously swanned in to Keens, swathed in a feather boa, and got her chop. She persisted.

Keens posted a sign, mansplaining that "Ladies are in luck, they can dine at Keens." The ladies weren't in luck, that was the law. The beef, of course, was about more than mutton. It was about the fitful starts and stops of equality.

Women won the day in 1905 on the right to dine, yet the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote, wouldn't be ratified by Congress for another 15 years. Some states did begin passing amendments on their own giving women suffrage: New York did so in 1917, the first time women could vote in the state since 1777. Mississippi was the last state to ratify the 19th Amendment, finally getting around to it in 1984.

Haven't heard from "the ladies" in a while. Whatever have they gotten up to?

Emily's List: "We ignite change by getting pro-choice Democratic women elected to office."

Ready to Run: From Rutgers' Center for American Women and Politics, a "national network of non-partisan campaign training programs committed to electing more women to public office."

She Should Run: Working to get 250,000 women running for elected office by 2030.

Emerge America: "Our goal is clear: to increase the number of Democratic women in public office."

Running Start: "Bringing young women into politics."

Higher Heights: "seeks to elevate Black women's voices to shape and advance progressive policies and politics."

VoteRunLead: "trains barrier-breaking women to run for political office and win."

WomenCount: "Crowdfunding for women in politics."

Rosapac: is "dedicated to raising funds for women of color running for Congress to help them win, get re-elected and lead."

Poderpac's "mission is to increase the number of Democratic, Pro-Choice Latinas serving in Congress."


















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