Sadie Hawkins Day was first mentioned in the November 15, 1937 Li'l Abner daily comic strip, with the race actually being depicted between November 19 and November 30. It would prove to be an annual feature of Li'l Abner.
Fun Holiday – Sadie Hawkins Day. November 13 is annually celebrated in the United States as Sadie Hawkins Day. Inspired by events in the comic strip, Li'l Abner, this uniquely American holiday encourages women to take charge of their lives and to ask men out on a date.
What is Sadie Hawkins Day? On November 15, 1937, cartoonist Al Capp, creator of the Li'l Abner comic strip, introduced the idea of a day in fictitious Dogpatch, USA, when all unmarried ladies, including the character Sadie Hawkins, could pursue their men. If the men were caught, marriage was unavoidable.