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  • 1. Women: Changes in Manners and Morals
    Matt Profaci
    The 1920s
  • 2. World War I
    War prompts women’s freedom
    Volunteer work, women in army
    Women contribute to war effort
  • 3. Suffrage: A Woman’s Right to Vote
    August 18th, 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?
  • 4. 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!
  • 5. 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
  • 6. SEX!
    Now that I’ve got your attention…
    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
  • 7. Women Being Arrested for theirSkimpy Bathing Suits
  • 8. 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
  • 9. Works Cited
    Howes, Kelly K., ed. Roaring Twenties Reference Library. Vol. 1. Detroit: UXL, 2006. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 21 Nov. 2010.
    Routledge, Chris. "Flappers." Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell-Bottoms: Pop Culture of 20th-Century America. Ed. Sara Pendergast and Tom Pendergast. Detroit: Gale, 2002. 261-63. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 16 Nov. 2010.
    Sheets, Deirdre. "Miss America Pageant." Dictionary of American History. Ed. Stanley I. Kutler. 3rd ed. Vol. 5. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2003. 406. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 16 Nov. 2010.
    Women In Bathing Suits Being Arrested. 1922. Photograph. Bettmann/ Corbis, Chicago. Crime and Punishment: Essential Primary Sources. Detroit: Gale, 2006. 197-99. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 16 Nov. 2010.