This is the 61st post in a weekly feature here at Spare Candy, called "In History." Some posts might be little more than a photo, others full on features. If you have any suggestions for a person or event that should be featured, or would like to submit a guest post or cross post, e-mail me at rosiered23 (at) sparecandy (dot) com.
The Sullivan Ordinance was a municipal law passed on Jan. 21, 1908, in New York City by the board of aldermen, barring women from smoking in public. The ordinance was quickly enforced, with Katie Mulcahey arrested on Jan. 22, but was vetoed by Mayor George Brinton McClellan Jr. only two weeks later.
The New York Times article on the Sullivan Ordinance from Jan. 21, 1908, is available online in PDF form. It's worth reading. I particularly like this portion of the headline:
You can also read more about the Sullivan Ordinance at Pop Culture Institute.