Girls, Ask Your Guys

Sadie Hawkins Day is November 10th this year. It’s not a holiday… just a fun day when it’s considered OK for girls to ask their guys to marry them. The idea was introduced by Al Capp in his Li’l Abner comic strip on November 15, 1938, at a time in society when it was not acceptable for a girl to ask a guy for a date or marriage.

In the old comic strip, the mayor of the hillbilly town of Dogpatch was desperate to marry off his daughter, Sadie Hawkins. He devised an event—a foot race in which the unmarried women would chase eligible males, and any man who was caught would have to marry his pursuer. Sadie caught her man — and the idea caught on with Capp’s readers.

Girl-ask-boy Sadie Hawkins Day dances were the rage for the next 40 years in high schools and colleges across North America. Today, the celebration is usually held on the Saturday closest to November 9th, and is a great excuse to have some fun. Many schools still host Sadie Hawkins Day Dances.

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