Role of Women in the 1920's

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Role of Women in the 1920's

By | April 2007
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The Role of the Women in the 1920's

The 1920's was a time of conservation and a big social change. From fashion to politics, forces collided to make the biggest decade of the century. In the 1920's, women began to grow more independent, which would change the role of women's lives on the 1920's.

By the 1920's, women had fought for the right to vote for 72 years. The battle came to an end when the 19th amendment was passed. Society saw the woman's role as getting married, having children, and staying home to tend to the house. Another issue was the Equal Rights Amendment. Some women feared that if this amendment was passes, they would not get special laws, such as protective legislation.

The American Federation of Labor did not support the working woman. It did not want women competing for men's jobs. The main jobs that were thought of as "feminine" were nursing and teaching. This all changed in the 1920's. More women were involved in clerical work, sales work, and some worked in the factories.

One of the biggest changes in the role of women in the 1920's was the flapper. This consisted of drastic, some even shocking changes. Almost all of the clothing was cut down and lightened to make it easier to move in. These women cut all of their hair off and began to wear make-up. The flappers took many risks and were uncontrolled. Flappers were also known for drinking, smoking and becoming sexually active.

The 1920's was a truly exciting decade in American history. Thanks to the women, they proved that they can work in the same places as men. Many women got jobs as nurses, teachers, factory workers and worked in businesses. The flappers also changed the role of women in the 1920's. They cut their hair, started wearing make-up, and lived every moment to the fullest. They didn't care what people thought of them. They partied, danced, drank, and smoked. The 1920's, (also known as) the "Roaring Twenties" was a time of great change in America thanks to the role of...