Today in Feminist History: N.O.W. Sues Bar for Discrimination (June 24, 1969)

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Today in Feminist History is our daily recap of the major milestones and minor advancements that shaped women’s history in the U.S.—from suffrage to Shirley Chisholm and beyond. These posts were written by, and are presented in homage to, our late staff historian and archivist, David Dismore.


June 24, 1969: As a result of being refused service at one of New York City’s “men only” bars in January, Faith Seidenberg and Karen DeCrow, members of the National Organization for Women, filed a Federal suit today.

PHOTO: Faith Seidenberg

They contend that being barred from McSorley’s Old Ale House solely on account of their sex is a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

The atmosphere inside the pub was even colder than the weather outside on that winter’s evening five months ago. A large bell was rung as an alarm when DeCrow and…

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