Women in the 1920's

Angela Klinkner

Women's Rights

  • 1920: The 19th Amendment to the Constitution is ratified, giving women the right to vote.
  • 1923: The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is first introduced to Congress. It states, “Men and women shall have equal rights throughout the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction.”
  • 1925: In Wyoming, Nellie Tayloe Ross becomes the first woman elected as a governor in the United States.
  • 1928: Women compete for the first time in Olympic field events.

Women's Status

If you were a woman in the 1920's, by the end of 10 years, you could consider yourself a "new woman." Many changes occurred that affected women's status. Some of these changes in status occurred in:
1. Political Changes
  • Women were given the right to vote through the nineteenth amendment.
2. Education Rights
  • At the beginning of the 1920's, many women were not invited to attend college.
  • Each year however, the number of female students who attended college, increased gradually.
  • Eventually, the number of females enrolled was equal to the number of males enrolled.
3. Technology Advancements
  • At the beginning of the decade, most homes did not have electricity which made it hard for woman to do normal house chores and keep food cold and safe from spoiling.
  • By the end of the 20's, most rural and urban homes had received electricity, allowing woman to use electrically run vacuum cleaners, irons, and washing machines.
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According to NCPedia.org, "Some opponents of Woman Suffrage, or voting, claimed that 'women are not the equal of men mentally' and being able to vote 'would take them out of their proper sphere of life.'"
The Changing Role of Women - 1920s