Women's Roles in the 1920s

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Women’s Roles

The 1920’s was an era that of which changed women’s roles dramatically. Ways women’s roles were changed in the 1920’s are: their sex lives and how they expressed their sexuality, women’s work, and the relationship between husband and wife along with the tradition of family.

The first way women’s roles changed were their sex lives and how they expressed their sexuality. Clara Bow was a role model to women across the country during the 1920’s. Bow, a silent film actress, was best known for her hair and her more revealing stage outfits. Clara Bow showed a very bold personality, pushing the envelope for women’s behaviors and what was socially acceptable for women. Her fans often mocked her clothing style and drastic hair changes, daring to be different. Because of the actions of Bow, a door was created for women everywhere to express themselves in a way that had never been expressed before. Women began to pursue this flapper self-image and refused to conform to the feminist advocacy because it was “old fashioned.” Women saw inspiration to change their lives and didn’t slow down from there, they “argued that they would be the first generation of women to have it all: education, career, marriage, and children.”(170) Because of these courageous women, men have accepted the “new woman.”

Another example to how women’s roles changed in the 1920’s was women’s work. More and more women across the nation strived to be independent and have it all just like any man could. Women’s work was a controversial topic everywhere to depict where exactly women’s place in the work force may be. Typically working women of the twenty’s held a job in retail or clerical work and most popular, a secretary. Because women found such gratification from working independently, the role as a homemaker became less appealing. Until the 1920’s women weren’t given the option to become anything more than a homemaker and now that they do, they aren’t turning...
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