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Flappers in the 1920's

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Kacy Workman

on 19 January 2014

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Flappers in the 1920's
Background
Before the 1920's women didn't have many rights and they were very conservative. Their job in society was to take care of their husband, home, and children. On June 4th, 1919 Congress passed the 19th amendment that allowed women to vote.This opened up many doors for women in America and promised a better future for them.
Thesis
The flapper movement helped to change society's view of women by inspiring them to challenge the expectations of women.
What were flappers?
Flappers were women who were trying to change the public's view of what a woman's role in society should be. They cut their hair short, wore a lot of makeup, shorter dresses, smoked, wanted to work for a living, support themselves, and have control over their own lives. They believed that they were equal to men and should be treated that way.
Clara Bow
Clara Bow was a very popular actress during the 1920's. From 1922 to 1926 she starred in over 40 films. In most of her movies she played the role of a Flapper. She was very energetic and youthful and became a role model for Flappers in America. However, the Flapper era came to a close because of the Great Depression and so did the silent movie industry and her career.
Conclusion
Overall, the Flapper movement challenged what a woman's role in society should be. They started making decisions about their own lives, working, and inspiring other women to do what they wanted and have fun. Many people such as the older generation disapproved of the Flapper movement , but over time they began to see how this movement was helping to build America.
How did Flappers change the rights and mindset
of women?

What people thought of Flappers
Older Generation:
Disapproved of their crude habits
Didn't like their carefree and reckless attitude
They were frivolous
Flappers:
Trying to rebel against the traditional role for women
Liked feeling in control of their life
Smart
Wanted to be as respected as men
Society:
Disgraceful
They were lazy, only liked drinking and partying
Spending too much money
They neglect education
Give feminists a bad name
How Did Flappers Change History?
People started thinking that women were capable of controlling their own lives.
Aiming political campaigns towards women because they started to be a factor in elections.
A lot of men hadn't returned from WW1 yet so women got their jobs and it opened up more opportunities for women.
The Flapper Movement made people think that women were equal to men.
Bibliography
By: Kacy Workman and Nylah Robinson
http://americanhistory.abc-clio.com
http://www.ushistory.org/us/46d.asp
http://mentalfloss.com/article/22604/rise-flapper
https://wikis.nyu.edu/ek6/modernamerica/index.php/AmericanPowerAmpCulturalHegemony/1920sNewWoman
http://www.ndhs.org/s/1012/images/editor_documents/library/issues_and_controversies_in_american_history_-_flappers.pdf

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