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Leap Year is more than just a quirky thing that happens to newborns on the occasional 29th of February. The extra day that rolls around every four years, including 2016, includes a world of lore related to women – gasp! Leap year, according to Parkin, served to reinforce traditional gender roles.THE MARKETING Advertising perpetuated the marriage games in Leap Years. That, Parkin said, further undercuts the idea that Leap Year somehow offered a breath of independence.As for the existence of Leap Year itself, history has it that in 46 BCE, Julius Caesar came up with the adjustment to ensure the seasons remain aligned with the calendar.LEAP YEAR PARTIES By the 1780s, there were leap year parties that allowed girls to ask boys for a dance – but on just the one night. One elite Leap Year party was held in New York City every four years, starting in 1924 and continuing through 1968 .Dix returned often to Leap Year issues throughout her nearly 50-year career, urging women to give up the idea of proposing by letter or postcard.Though Leap Year was filled with biting humor, marriage was no joke to Dix.
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