Women: Changes in
Manners and Morals
World War I
War prompts women’s freedom
Volunteer work, women in army
Women contribute to war effort
Suffrage: A Woman’s Right to Vote
August 18th, 1920 – women’s suffrage legally adopted in the
Newly empowered feeling for women
Women could now be a progressive force – how far could they
The Workforce and Political
Women were now elected into the
House of Representatives
End of the decade: 200 women in state
Workforce included more women:
factories, mailrooms, nursing, teaching,
Women could balance work with social
Some women became lawyers and
New Values Expressed Through
The “Flapper” – the woman
Free spirit expressed through
Short hair is common
Independent, fun-loving, free-
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
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
Not yet free from discrimination, yet voices were heard
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