Pauline Sabin

On April 22, 1932, a crowd triumphantly carries Pauline Sabin during an anti-prohibition demonstration in Washington, D.C. Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

The battle over Prohibition is often framed as a battle of the sexes, with women serving as the “moral” voice of sobriety. But a woman named Pauline Sabin is often credited as being one of the major activists behind Prohibition’s repeal.

Holly's Research:

  • Sabin, Pauline Morton. “I Changed My Mind on Prohibition.” The Outlook. June 13, 1928. Accessed online:
  • Kent, Frank R. “The Battle Lines Are Drawn.” Scribners. 1932. Pages 135-139. Accessed online:
  • Seidman, Sarah. “The New York Women Who Dismantled Prohibition.” Museum of the City of New York. December 15, 2015.
  • Perry, Warren. “Taking the Constitution to Task: Pauline Morton Smith Sabin Davis.” National Portrait Gallery, Catalog of American Portraits. Sept. 1, 2011.
  • Cott, Nancy F. “The Grounding of Modern Feminism.” Yale University Press. 1987.
  • Cott, Nancy F. “Social and Moral Reform.” Walter de Gruyter. January 1994.
  • Root, Grace. “Women and Repeal: The Story of the Women’s Organization for National Prohibition Reform.” Harper & Brothers Publishers. New York and London. 1934. Accessed online:
  • Rose, Kenneth D. "American Women and the Repeal of Prohibition." NYU Press. 1997.

Topics in this Podcast: women, biographies, Prohibition, 20th century, U.S. history