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Photos: Women of the GOP party in 1941

"On the evening of May 20," begins an article in the June 16, 1941, issue of Life magazine, "members of the Young Women's Republican Club of Milford, Connecticut, explored the pleasures of tobacco, poker, the strip tease and such other masculine enjoyments as had frequently cost them the evening companionship of husbands, sons and brothers." Parties known as "smokers" were normally for men only in that era. "If men can take it, so can we," the women said.

"On the evening of May 20," begins an article in the June 16, 1941, issue of Life magazine, "members of the Young Women's Republican Club of Milford, Connecticut, explored the pleasures of tobacco, poker, the strip tease and such other masculine enjoyments as had frequently cost them the evening companionship of husbands, sons and brothers." Parties known as "smokers" were normally for men only in that era. "If men can take it, so can we," the women said.