"the Ladies’ Society"

A Ladies’ Society was a group of upper-class women who would organise charitable events or services, which were popular during the nineteenth century. As well as attempting to help the impoverished or needy, it was also very much a social opportunity for the ladies. In Charles Dickens' Sketches by Boz, a series of short portraits of Londoners and scenes of daily life, there is an episode entitled ‘The Ladies’ Societies’.