Young Republican Ladies Used to Know How to Party

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These days, young GOP women don pink pajama pants and hold extremely dull-sounding (and creepy) Newt Gringrich-themed sleepovers when they want to have a rollicking good time. But, once upon a time and not so long ago, some Republican ladies had a sense of humor and knew how to throw a party. LIFE magazine has a fantastic selection of photos from a 1941 meeting of the Young Women's Republican Club in Milford, Connecticut, in which the gals "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."


You see, "smokers" were informal social gatherings for men, and these women wanted in, and — even cooler — they wanted to prove that they deserved in. Click through the sideshow to see Republican ladies drinking spiked punch, smoking pipes, playing cards, watching a private burlesque show, and overall having a blast. Think about how jealous you are that these women aren't your friends, and then consider how depressing and backwards it is that most modern conservative women spend their time convincing their constituencies to overturn Roe v. Wade rather than fighting for equal rights (or the right to party).

GOP Women Party Hard, 1941 [LIFE]



Alice Roosevelt, most badass republican lady ever.

First woman to smoke openly in Washington D.C., used to roadtrip to Boston and New York with her friends on the reg sans chaperone, which was scandalous for the time, and once on a diplomatic trip to Asia she decided the events were too boring and jumped fully clothed into the pool.

She also famously never went anywhere without three essentials in her purse: 1) Flask 2) Cigarettes 3) Her snake, Emily Spinach, named Emily for her skinny Aunt Emily and spinach for being green.

Teddy, one of our all-time most badass presidents* once famously said "I can either run the country or I can attend to Alice, but I cannot possibly do both."

She was also very interested in politics and so even after her father left office she would routinely drop by and let the current president know how they were fucking it up. I love her, only republican lady I can love.

*Just to be clear, this man was a freaking Rough Rider ( [] ), and he was completely unable to handle Alice's inability to give a fuck. I'm just sayin'.