Women's liberation members have sued McSorley's bar in New York, the oldest tavern in the United States and for more than 100 years a haven for men drinkers only.
GV McSorley's old tavern PAN DOWN TO entrance
SV Women attempt to enter
SV Sign "India Pale Ale"
SV Another sign "Dorothy O'Connell"
SV Girl looks through window ZOOM TO CU
SV Girls arguing with doorman (3 shots)
SV Manager speaking
SV Men drinking at bar (4 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: MR. O'CONNELL-KERWON: "Well McSorley's opened in 1854 by John McSorley and it was his policy to serve only ale should be enjoyed only int he companionship of fellow men."
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Background: Women's liberation members have sued McSorley's bar in New York, the oldest tavern in the United States and for more than 100 years a haven for men drinkers only.
The tavern, in Greenwich Village, has not allowed women to enter during business hours since it was built in 1854, including its present owner, Mrs. Dorothy O'Connell-Kerwin. Recently members of the women's liberation movement sued Mrs. O'Connell-Kerwin in an attempt to gain entry to the alehouse. Mrs. O'Connell-Kerwin has appealed.
Mr. Dan O'Connell-Kerwin, her son and McSorley's manager, was asked about the ban on women entering.