Traditionally, Sadie Hawkins
is an occasion when women
take the initiative
in inviting the men of their choice
to a date.
According to an article in Antiques and Collecting magazine, this tradition
began with the "Li'l Abner" comic
strip, one of the most
famous and popular American comic
"Li'l Abner," created
by Al Capp, depicted
America as it once was, through the adventures of its characters
in Dogpatch, U.S.A, stated an article in National Review magazine.
is one of Capp's most
, who made her first appearance in November
1937. Until the mid-50s, November
was known as Sadie Hawkins month
and became an unofficial collegiate holiday and a comic
strip character classic.
was the ugly daughter of the most wealthy
and powerful man in town and was avoided
by all the town's men. Despite her family's prestige, she seemed destined to suffer the utmost humiliation with which a woman could be cursed — becoming an old maid.
' father intervened and used his power to snare her a man. He lined up all eligible males and shot off his gun. When the gun was fired, they knew to run for their lives and their freedom.
The gunshot signaled
the unwed females
to enter the race
and try to catch a man. When an unfortunate male was brought back, most often
kicking and screaming, he had no choice
but to marry the woman.
seemed to be as quick
on her feet as she was ugly and finally chased her man down. The other girls, who did not manage
to catch their man, liked the idea
and made Sadie Hawkins
Day an annual affair
to be cherished by women
and dreaded by bachelors.
came up with the idea
for a Sadie Hawkins
dance, which captured
the imaginations of American college kids. The craze spread throughout the '40s and '50s, and continues today.