A woman from the audience asked, ‘Why were there so few women among the beat writers?’ — and Gregory Corso, suddenly utterly serious, leans forward and says, ‘There were women, they were there. I knew them…their families put them in institutions, they were given electric shock. In the 50’s, if you were male you could be a rebel, but if you were females, your families had you locked up. There were cases, I knew them. Someday someone will write about them.’”
— from Stephen Scobie’s account of The Naropa Institute tribute to Allen Ginsberg, 1994.