external image Flappers-do-the-Charleston2.jpgGuiding Questions :
Discuss why "flappers" were the icon of 1920s women.Discuss how women's roles in the workplace changed during the 1920s.Discuss women in the entertainment industry during this time period.Discuss the accomplishments of female heroines of this time period.

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Women' s Lives during the Roaring Twenties

Year 1920 was very important for the American Women. They finally ended the big struggle for the equal rights. 19th Amendment was passed. Science then women were considered as a person. They could have their own property and land. They were making decisions for themselves. Their role was no longer only a housewife and mother. They got right to vote, good working conditions and having fun. Before WWI none of those thing were allowed for women.


Improvement in women' s presence in State Legislatures

====Labor of women 's after WW1 still continued to rise but much slower. They had not that many working hours as before.They started getting better jobs, that were always reserved for men like secretaries, teachers, nurses, attorneys or seamstresses. In 1920, the Women' s Bureau of the Department of Labor was established to gather information about the situation of women at work, and to advocate for changes it found were needed. One of fifteen wage-earning women was a union member. Women were still unskilled in compare to the men. They were looking for union protection from the state. Government improve the condition, however they kept the opinion that women' s main role is being a housewife and mother.

Women as strong as men

Fashion and Entertainment

Women in 1920s started to be more forward. They completely changed their style after WW1. Before the war perfect women had long hair and decent clothing. After,They wore shorter and shapeless skirts and dresses, showed more body.


'The Flappers'

Hair must be short ( the bob). Make-up was also more visible.


The Bob Hairstyle

Women expressed their beauty and power after the war. They showed for the first time the value and importance of the female. They had been involved in politics. Females were no longer property of their husbands or fathers. They could make their own decisions and have their own property. They started to have fun.They were often seen at the clubs (jazz music) and stores. Women began to smoke, drink, drive automobiles and treat sex in casual manner . Those who has these characteristics were called The Flappers (new breed). Many of them became the stars back in that time.



Flappers in the Roaring Twenties

As the 1920s came into play, a new kind of woman was born. She was not your regular type of woman, she....external image flapper.jpg
  • -Drank
  • -Smoked
  • -Voted
  • -Danced
  • -Cut her hair very short
  • -Wore Makeup
  • -Took risks
The women that held all of these characteristics were known as a "flapper". The Flappers began a whole new revolution for women. Women began to not be as conservative about themselves as they used to be, and loosened up a whole lot. The fashion and attitudes of women changed drastically and in many forms. The flappers performed in in legal saloons and carbarets. The behavior of the flapper came off as outlandish. The fashion of the Flapper was much more easy to maintain rather than the Gibson Girl. The style was very different but made women look more free and made them feel more like actual women that can look the way they pleased.
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Before World War 1 , the Gibson Girl was more popular than anything else. She ...
  • Wore her hair long
  • Wore a long striaght skirt/ shirt with high collar

  • The Gibson Girl was a perfect type of woman in the early 1920s.
The Gibson Girl usually did not date but they awaited for the right man to come into their lives that they
would most likely marry in the future. Unfortunetly many men died while fighting in the war so women did not have as
many men to wait for to fall in love with. After the war and because of this reason , the flappers came into play, because women did not want to waste their lives waiting , they wanted to live and feel freedom.


Changes in Women during the 1920s

- For Many years , women attempted to figure out how and where they fit in their societies. A dramatic change for
women has occurred from the years of 1900-1920. Women started off as staying home day after day doing chores and taking
care of the household to being involved in politics and many reforms through out these years. Not all men seemed to believe in
these women participating in politics and reforms but women did not let that bring them done.
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  • At the turn of the century , women went from being considered homebound producers to money earners.
Author Amy Pess wrote a book talking about the changes women have been going through in society and pointed out that
" by 1900 important changes in the social organization of labor and expanding job opprotunities created in new work experiences for women".

  • Women trying these new work experiences made them leave the home and have more freedom and independence that they deserved
and wanted for a long time. It appeared to be like a whole new world for all these women. Many married women did not follow the women
who were unmarried , but many followed the saying of Amy Pess and seemed to have a better way of life.


Women did not always have life as easy as it is Today

  • Women were always inferior in the eyes of men, but after many years of hard work of women, they finally gained some respect from men.
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Men considered women to be ...
  • Their property
  • not a person
  • could not hold jobs
  • not allowed to vote

  • The father and the husband were seen as the owners of the Women and their children.
Women had no property rights , and as soon as they got married and got a husband
they could not.....

  • own land / property
  • not keep any money she earned
  • not allowed the care / control of her very own children

  • The husband / father was allowed to do what ever he pleased to . He could...

  • have all of the money for himself
  • sell farm
  • leave children and wife with nothing
  • if man died without will, wife got nothing what so ever

  • The Womens Rights Movement helped women in many ways by passing laws that allowed them to own part of everything
the husband owned. The Dower Act was passed in 1900s and it allowed the women to have ownership of 1/3 of their husbands
estate while he was still alive and after he has passed away. In the 1920s, women had a major turning point since the law for them
to own land was passed and gave them freedom. They didnt have to rely on a husband during these years as much anymore.

  • In the early 1900s , women were considered not human, now they are seen in a completely different way. They have more strength
and independence.