On Friday, for the first time in its history, the distinguished Association of Charitable Children of Saint Patrick of New York, of 235 years, allowed the attendance of women to their traditional gala dinner to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland.
The organization invited "wives, daughters, sisters, mothers, aunts, nieces, cousins, friends and companions" of its members to the event, which takes place in the luxurious Hilton hotel, in downtown Manhattan.
The ex-ambassador of the USA before the UN Nikki Haley, who left her post recently, gave a speech at the dinner, as well as Fox News news anchor Maria Bartiromo.
The inclusion of women in the traditional event takes place in the midst of a boom in the feminist movement worldwide, and after three decades of pressure from the authorities to all organizations and private clubs that did not admit members of the female gender to that they will change that norm.
The president of the St. Patrick's Association of New York's Sons of St. Patrick's in the City of New York, Kevin Rooney, announced the change in a letter sent to members last November .
Despite the party this Friday, the New York group has insistently refused to allow women to be part of its exclusive club, which came to have George Washington, the first president of the United States, as an honorary member.
Something that did in 2016 the association with the same name of Philadelphia, formed in 1771, and from which the one in New York was split, which refused to make statements to the press after making known the exception regarding the today's dinner
Rooney, however, explained to members of the group in an email that he is trying to expand the impact he has on society, "in accordance with our history of support for everyone, especially women."
He also specified that in the last decade they have donated more than 2 million dollars to several aid organizations, all of which also support women.
The dinner takes place on the eve of the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York, the celebration of this oldest festival in the world to begin in 1766, involving some 150,000 people and which is expected to come this year to observe two millions more, according to the organizers.