Women and prohibition


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A presentation on women and prohibition. It is a lecture based presentation with graphic elements to present the information in a clear context to engage auditory and visual learners. It discusses the Women's Temperance movement, suffrage, Prohibition, and the repeal.

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Women and prohibition

  1. 1. The New Woman of the 1920s THE WOMEN’S MOVEMENT AND PROHIBITION 1820 - 1933
  2. 2. Women vs. Demon Rum Women’s Activism Women’s Suffrage and Prohibition Era Legacy of Women in Politics and Prohibition
  3. 3.  Population boom  Universal suffrage for adult white men  Increase in drinking by individuals  Reasons for drinking were numerous, leading to more frequent binge drinking. Early to Mid-1800s
  4. 4. Women Find a Cause  Temperance became a women’s activism movement.  Visions of progress for families as well as fears of violence and poverty at the hands of drunken husbands inspired many women to undertake temperance activism.
  5. 5. Women’s Unions and Groups
  6. 6. Major Players  Frances Willard  Susan B. Anthony  Elizabeth Cady Stanton  Carry Nation
  7. 7.  Anti-Saloon League and pressure politics  Minorities and xenophobia  The Great War Passing Prohibition: Ratified January 1919, enforced January 1920
  8. 8.  Women’s demand for a vote was intertwined with their demand for social justice.  They had become masters of pressure politics and networking through work on prohibition. The 19th Amendment passed House & Senate in May of 1919 and was ratified in 1920.
  9. 9. Women’s Fight to Maintain Prohibition  Began to hold offices, including U.S. House of Representatives  Fight for Prohibition helped gain suffrage  Election of Herbert Hoover
  10. 10. Women’s Political Activism  Women’s Joint Congressional Committee (WJCC)  Friction among women’s organizations  New generation of women
  11. 11. Repeal of Prohibition 21st amendment was ratified on December 5, 1933 repealing the 18th amendment
  12. 12. Enduring Legacy  Women’s rights and right to have fun  Drinking level remained constant until 1960s  Rolls into the World War II era of women at work
  13. 13. For more information… Domesticating Drink: Women, Men, and Alcohol in America, 1870-1940 Battling Demon Rum: The Struggle for a Dry America, 1800-1933