A new book about the word “ladyship” says it originated in the 1940s as a reference to a lady.
The book, titled LADY GAGA, by writer and journalist Elizabeth Dutton, has just been published by the University of Chicago Press.
It tells the story of the women’s rights movement in the United States in the late 1940s, the years after World War II.
“We wanted to capture a zeitgeist that had been taking hold in the 1960s and 1970s, and that was a time when people were talking about issues of women’s equality, and I thought, ‘Well, what else could we call this?'” said Dutton.
So she started thinking about the term in a way that was fun and new and not tied to a stereotype.
Dutton said she also wanted to explore the impact of the term on people who might not have understood it.
This is the first time the term has been used as a term of art, said Dutt.
But the term itself has become something of a punch line.
“When you look back at the history of the word, it’s kind of an anomaly,” said Dunt.
And she said it also helped define the meaning of the movement for many years.
In addition to Dutton’s book, a podcast called “The LADIESHIP Song” will be released later this year by Radio City Music Hall.
You can find more information about the LADYSHIP song on CBC Radio’s website.
With files from CBC News