The 1920s were a time of progress and growth in allareas of life. Industrialism in construction and mass transportation were especially influential.
A woman in the 1920s was considered a “new woman”. Theimage and behavior of women in this era changed drastically. An icon of 1920s, the flapper symbolizedwomen’s newfound freedom, independence, and expression of femininity.
Dancing in particular was a revolutionary form of entertainment for women. Fresh socialinstitutions, including dance halls and cabarets, appeared in the newly industrialized cities where new rules concerning socialbehavior and conduct were developed.
The 1920s saw the acceptance of women competing in athletics. American females’ athletic performances became a key part of the national identity among the international sports community for the first time.
Although women weren’t originators of revolutionary policies orchanges in practices, many of these accomplishments by men could not have been possible without the supportive women in the labor force of the 1920s.
Many women became involved in politics in the 1920s. Nellie TayloeRoss, the first femalegovernor, and femalepoliticians since have proven that women can be as successful as men in office without losing their sense of femininity.
Many women’s political groups gained popularity among average, middle class women of the era. One of the focuses of many political groups was peace, especially pre- andduring war years. Women became involved in the peace movement through organizations like the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Women’s Peace Union.
Groups planned conferences where women could join together, examine currentissues, and explore potential solutions. Moving beyond equalizing legislation, womenwanted to become active in politics and discuss their ideas as openly and intelligently as men did.
Although a small number of women became truly involved inpolitics after the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, sharingequal rights was an important part of achieving true female independence.
The Equal Rights Amendment was first written in 1923. Support of legislations changes to makethe genders moreequal brought the women’s rights movementtogether and gave them clear, focused goals.
The Roaring Twenties proved to be a revolutionizing era of change and progress.Women especially grew into the independent, free-spirited flappers of the 1920s. Legislation changes and achievements powered the womens rights movement.
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