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A powerful women’s movement started in the late 20s, and since women got the right to vote, they only grew stronger and stronger.

I June 1941, Nina Leen, a photographer for Life magazine, attended a women’s ‘smoker’, a term which was reserved strictly for men gatherings.

A Gypsy Tour was an overnight event, with organized road rides and other activities of interest to motorcycle enthusiasts, where groups of riders would converge on a favorite destination.

The term Gypsy was used because the riders would travel long distances, and often sleep in tents around a campfire along the way, much like the Hollywood stereotype.

You can imagine how shocking such an event could have been at that time!

Here’s how the article about ‘Ladies’ Smoker Night’ from Life magazine begins: “On the evening of May 20, members of the Young Women’s Republican Club of Milford, Conn., explored the pleasures of tobacco, poker, the strip tease …

If you imagine that the 30s, 40s and 50s were all about being a humble housewife who cooked, cleaned and pleasured her man, than you are way off.

Men were strictly forbidden from entering the Ladies’ Smoker Night, although they tried their best to attend, in any way possible.

In the second of the two magazine photos, the motorcyclists are posed on the northern side of the New Hotel Weirs block, near the corner of Tower Street. Given the poor road conditions and general unreliability of motorycles at the time, this was clearly not an easy task! The men have to pass certain points at a given time, and not before that time.