Long before the modern day TEA Party movement - and not too long after the Boston Tea Party, tea parties played a significant role in one of the most important moments in American history: The women's suffrage movement.
A short but informative article at BostonTeaPartyShip.com tells of just how tea parties helped American women to network, organize and eventually affect the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution:
"On July 9, 1848, five key members of the American women’s suffrage movement met for tea in Waterloo, New York: Lucretia Mott, Martha Wright, Mary Ann McClintock, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and hostess Jane Hunt. Over tea, these women expressed their views so passionately that while their meeting had probably started as a calm affair, it quickly became the launch pad for nothing less than the Seneca Falls Convention; this convention was the first women’s rights conference in the Western world, and it had started with a simple tea party."
There is much more information in this short article, but it goes to show that unless we pay attention to history it tends to fade away.
Something to ponder over, say, a nice tea grown, processed and sold right here in the good old USA!