August 18 th , 1920 – women’s suffrage legally adopted in the Nineteenth Amendment.
Newly empowered feeling for women
Women could now be a progressive force – how far could they go?
The Workforce and Political Endeavors
Women were now elected into the House of Representatives
End of the decade: 200 women in state legislature
Workforce included more women: factories, mailrooms, nursing, teaching, social workers
Women could balance work with social responsibilities
Some women became lawyers and doctors!
New Values Expressed Through Fashion
The “Flapper” – the woman having fun!
Free spirit expressed through clothing
Short hair is common
Independent, fun-loving, free-spirited look
Glamorized in cinema
Sexual revolution: Flappers and other young women glamorize sex, something not done before by women
Sexual freedom – public displays of affection
Rise of birth control
Challenging conservative American values; tradition meant nothing
Miss America Pageant, Atlantic City NJ
Now that I’ve got your attention…
Women Being Arrested for their Skimpy Bathing Suits
A New Frontier…
The 1920s pioneered a new shade of women’s culture
1920s women’s morals would raise spirits during the Great Depression
Not yet free from discrimination, yet voices were heard
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