Named after the classic New Orleans cocktail, the Sazerac bar excluded women until 1949 when the hotel’s owner, Seymour Weiss, moved it to the Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel and opened its doors to women. Long thirsty for the best Sazerac in town, women crammed into the bar on September 26th. The moment was captured in this fabulous photo:
Last month the Roosevelt had an event commemorating 60 years since the “stormin’ of the Sazerac.” My friend and photographer Brian Huff captured the re-creation:
If anyone knows the photographer who took the 1949 photo, please let me know so that I can credit him.Lisa Wade, PhD is a professor at Occidental College. She is the author of American Hookup, a book about college sexual culture, and a textbook about gender. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.