The Pussycat League! I can’t possibly imagine why I haven’t heard about this feminist organization, formed in 1969:
While they shared causes with these organizations (and let’s pause for a moment and relish the thought of how the women of these groups would have responded to this collective grouping), these pussycats sought equality by turning on men through “the power of enticement.” I’m guessing there weren’t many lesbians in the pussycat ranks, in spite of the group’s name sounding like a hotbed of sapphic activity.
Their plans for bringing about legalized abortion in New York? A hospitality suite during legislative hearings on abortion where “Pussycats will be on hand to shine shoes for harried legislators, sew on buttons and render other feminine assistance.” Part of me wants to say, well fuck – if darning socks is the solution to safeguarding abortion rights, hand me sewing kit. The rest of me feels a little pukey that I’d even consider that.
(From the article, “Pussycats Purr for Rights of Women” in LA Times, Nov. 23, 1969)