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Ladies' Night at Tavern on the Green!

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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Cyndi Lauper, Obie Award-winning, vagina-loving playwright Eve Ensler, and friends and members of the country's oldest feminist press convened at Tavern on the Green in Manhattan on Monday evening and rallied under a common theme: The women of the world are being entirely too polite.

"The energy in this room is almost as over the top as the décor," said Lynn Szwaja, President and Chair of the City University of New York's Feminist Press in her opening comments. So true.

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Lauper was honored for her continued support of women and minorities, culminating in this summer's True Colors Tour, a concert series intended to bring about equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered men, women men-women and women-men. Lauper told she's been a feminist since burning her training bra sometime around 1969. "I was tired of being told who I should be, what I should be, and when I should be it," the pop icon squeaked. "When I hit the glass ceiling, I decided to break it."

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When a presenter quoted the historical party-girl anthem, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," Lauper jumped out of her chair to shout a string of defenses including "I didn't write that!" and, "What am I supposed to do? A can-can dance?"



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