A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from August 13, 2020
“Well-behaved women rarely make history. Or decent margaritas”

"Well-behaved women seldom make history” (or “Well-behaved women rarely make history") is a famous quote from American historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

“Well-behaved women rarely make history. Or decent margaritas” is a jocular variation that has been printed on many images. “Maxine-isms.. Well behaved women rarely make history or decent margaritas. I agree!” was posted on Twitter by Jane Dueease on February 22, 2010. “WELL BEHAVED WOMEN RARELY MAKE DECENT MARGARITAS” (Shown on a sign.—ed.) was posted on Twitter by El Arroyo on June 20, 2019. The saying originated from a comic illustration of the “Maxine” character by John Wagner.

“Well behaved women rarely make history...or decent soufflés” was posted on Twitter by Katie Wenclewicz-Foley on January 26, 2018. “Well behaved women rarely make history...or a decent soufflé” was posted on Twitter by Shelby E. Jones on February 2, 2018.


Wikipedia: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (born July 11, 1938) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian specializing in early America and the history of women, and a professor at Harvard University. Her approach to history has been described as a tribute to “the silent work of ordinary people"—an approach that, in her words, aims to “show the interconnection between public events and private experience.”
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Famed quote
In a 1976 scholarly article about little-studied Puritan funeral services, Ulrich included the phrase “well-behaved women seldom make history.” In its original iteration, Ulrich meant the quote to indicate that well-behaved women should make history, not to encourage women to rebel or be less well-behaved. The phrase was taken out of context and picked up and soon went viral, being widely quoted and printed across the country. It continues to be seen on greeting cards, T-shirts, mugs, plaques, and bumper stickers.

Twitter
Jane Dueease
@techjane
Maxine-isms.. Well behaved women rarely make history or decent margaritas. I agree!
3:43 PM · Feb 22, 2010·Twitter Web Client

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asif khan
@asayf
Well behaved women rarely make history. Or decent margaritas.
2:23 PM · May 5, 2010·Twitter Web Client

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MiaBellaBeads
@miabellabeads
Well behaved women rarely make history ... or decent margaritas. ~Maxine #quote
6:50 PM · May 7, 2010·Twitter Web Client

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rydo
@ryandobosh
Well behaved women rarely make a decent grilled cheese.
4:48 PM · Jan 4, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

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BartenderBarbie
@Bar10derBarbie
Well behaved women rarely make history. Or decent margaritas.
4:39 PM · Apr 26, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

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COUNTRYMUSICROAD
@COUNTRYMUSICRD
Well-behaved #women rarely make #history Or decent #Margaritas via @MaxineHMK
11:16 AM · Sep 10, 2014·Twitter Web Client

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Cam
@Pep_slaw
“Well behaved women rarely make history”, they also rarely make a decent sandwich
7:52 AM · Oct 1, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

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Katie Wenclewicz-Foley
@katiewfoley
“Well behaved women rarely make history...or decent soufflés.”
4:32 PM · Jan 26, 2018·Twitter for Mac

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jo
@jordyn_shumate
Well behaved women rarely make history or a decent soufflé
7:53 AM · Jan 29, 2018·Twitter for iPhone

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𝕊𝕥𝕖𝕧𝕖
@FeFiFoSteve
Well behaved women rarely make history. Or a decent soffle.
3:44 PM · Feb 2, 2018·Twitter for Android

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Shelby E. Jones
@shelbyelizaj
Well behaved women rarely make history...or a decent soufflé
5:07 PM · Feb 2, 2018·Twitter for iPhone

Facebook
Jameal Raye
May 27, 2018 ·
“Well behaved women rarely ever make history....or a decent soufflé”

Twitter
El Arroyo
@ElArroyo_ATX
I may or may not be one of them… #elarroyoatx #elarroyosigns #whoisthesignguy
WELL BEHAVED WOMEN RARELY MAKE DECENT MARGARITAS (Shown on a sign.—ed.)
2:33 PM · Jun 20, 2019·Microsoft Power Platform

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ceeks
@70Ceeks
well behaved women rarely make h̶i̶s̶t̶o̶r̶y̶ a decent gumbo
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8:26 PM · Jan 18, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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She Quotes
@SheQuotes
“Well behaved women rarely make history. Or decent margaritas.” ~ Maxine quote quotes SQN
3:43 PM · Apr 23, 2020·SocialOomph

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