Women: Changes in Manners and Morals Matt Profaci The 1920s
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 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
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
Women Being Arrested for theirSkimpy 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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