Charles Dana Gibson: A Trailblazer for Women's Lib

Born today was  Charles Dana Gibson.

Reimaging the fair sex he earned his nibs in.

He drew them hair-stacked, narrow-waist,

Independent, free, but in good taste.

But absolutely NOT strait-laced.

"He [Lawrence of Arabia] soon found a soul mate in his hostess, Nancy Astor, Britain's first woman member of Parliament, and perhaps the most energetic, flamboyant, and outspoken woman in the country. She was originally Nancy Langhorne, from Danville, Virginia, and she and her sister reached fame as the original "Gibson Girls." After an unsuccessful marriage to Robert Gould Shaw II, she came to England and quickly married the immensely wealthy Waldorf Astor, Viscount Astor. Soon Nancy Astor became something of a national institution, known for her wit, her willingness to break social barriers and traditions, and her blunt outspokenness to opponents, including Winston Churchill." [Michael Korda, "Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia"]

Lady Astor once told Winston Churchill that if he were her husband she'd poison his tea. He replied, "If I were your husband, I'd drink it."




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