Sadie Hawkins Day originated from Al Capp’s comic strip, Li’l Abner, which ran from 1934 to 1977. In the comic strip, Sadie Hawkins was the homely looking daughter of Hekzebiah Hawkins, and at the age of 35 she had not yet married. In an effort to marry her off, Hekzebiah brought together all the unmarried men of the town of Dogpatch, and had them run out of town while being pursued by Sadie Hawkins. Whoever lost the foot race had to marry Sadie Hawkins, and this ended up being John Jonston. Hekzebiah named this Sadie Hawkins Day. The unmarried women of Dogpatch thought the day was a good idea, and Sadie Hawkins Day became a yearly event where unmarried women chased bachelors, who had to marry the women who caught them if they were dragged across the finish line before sundown. Sadie Hawkins Day first appeared in Li’l Abner on November 15, 1937. Because of a great demand from readers, Al Capp brought back Sadie Hawkins Day the following year, and continued to each year following. The day inspired real life Sadie Hawkins events, including Sadie Hawkins dances, where women ask men to dances. Life magazine reported in 1939 that 201 colleges held Sadie Hawkins Days. By 1952 Sadie Hawkins Day was celebrated at 40,000 different locations.
Sadie Hawkins Day is being observed today! It has been observed annually on November 13th since 1937.
How to celebrate
Celebrate Sadie Hawkins Day by seeing if any Sadie Hawkins events are happening in your community. If you are a woman this is also a good day to ask out the guy you like!