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Women's Changing Roles in the 1920s
Transcript of Women's Changing Roles in the 1920s
Due to the fact that there were so many jobs available with not as many people to fill them, women began to fill the positions.
This made women realize that they are equal to men and can work just as well as them. Not only did it create this opinion, but it changed the whole look and attitude of women throughout the United States The new symbol of women in the 1920's was the "flapper".
The flapper was a new type of young woman that was rebellious, fun, bold, and outspoken.
The flapper image influenced women's manners and fashion greatly
A women's physical image usually included: shorter dresses, simpler dresses/blouses, cut their hair much shorter ("bob" cut), and they wore makeup.
Women's manners also changed, causing them to drink and smoke in public A Changing Image (continued) Women and Politics Jeanette Rankin was the first woman to serve in the House of Congress.
Along with Jeanette Rankin, 6 other women were in congress.
She became very active in the anti-war movement, and she quickly became honored by the feminists. Jeanette Rankin The first woman ever elected as governor in 1925 of Wyoming.
Nellie Tayloe Ross was not only the first woman governor, but she also was the first woman to direct the US Mint.
During her twenty years of being director of the US Mint, she introduced not the Roosevelt dime and the Jefferson nickel. As of August 8, 1920 the 19th amendment was ratified, stating that women could vote in national elections, but they rarely ever did.
Women had a much greater impact on local elections.
Many women also began to desire actually working in politics Not only did women work in politics, they also would go to work as secretaries or "girl Fridays".
They also began to attend school more and had much more motivation to go to college. Famous Women in the 1920's Amelia Earhart Amelia Earhart flew across the Atlantic alone in 1932
3 years later she flew from Hawaii to California
She also became a member of the 99's, which was an organization of female pilots
In 1937 Amelia attempted to fly around the world but disappeared in the Pacific
Women in Sports In 1928 Women compete for the first time in Olympic field events
Gertrude Ederle broke the record in women's freestyle swimming and won gold in the Olympic games of 1924 In 1923 the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is introduced to Congress. It stated that men and women shall have equal rights throughout the United States.
Women were constantly fighting for their rights throughout the 1920's.
In 1921 Margaret Sanger founded the American Birth Control League, which eventually led to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Women impacted America and several ways and helped shaped America to be what it is today
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