So a guy walks into a bar. His first time in the place. He looks around and spies an attractive female bartender working one end of the bar. He moves to a spot where she might be of service and orders a drink from her and strikes up a conversation. This not an usual occurrence or happening by any means, but if we jump in the wayback machine and go back just 50 years this scenario does’t exist! Why? Because until 50 years ago this week Chicago had an ordinance that would not allow females to be bartenders! 50 years ago kids! That’s 1970!
Fifty years ago, a judge overturned Chicago’s Barmaid Ordinance, which banned women from working as bartenders unless they were related to the tavern owner. Even by 1970 standards, the law was antiquated, resisting a cultural revolution that was already well underway. The Civil Rights Act had been in force for six years. Helen Gurley Brown’s Sex and the Single Girl had been out for eight. And a Chicagoan named Hugh Hefner was having a heck of a time at the original Playboy Mansion, just a couple miles north of the federal courtroom where the barmaid case was heard.
I’m guessing Jean musta known somebody!!
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