Women in the 1920's

Harley Hundt

The Changing Role of Women - 1920s

19th Amendment

The 19th amendment was passed in 1920 and gave women the right to vote. They may have been given that right, but they were still fighting for equality. They wanted equal rights within the workforce. Many women protested.


Women's behavior started to change; they wore shorter skirts, danced in public, job employment increased, and divorce became more common. Flappers were young single women who often held steady jobs. They are more commonly known for their night life activity. They went to speakeasies and jazz clubs to consume alcohol even though it was illegal. Flappers loved to push the limits and do the things that were only supposed to be for men. Smoking was supposed to only be for men, but flappers loved to smoke. Their goal was to eliminate the social standards that were in place. They loved to explore and try new things. They chopped their hair off and had short locks. They also wore makeup which was not hugely common until then.

Women in the Workforce

By 1929 there were around 11 million women working. This was a major increase since the previous years. When the men got back from overseas after we won the war, the women did not want to give up the jobs that they were filling in for. They enjoyed working and more and more women were looking for jobs.


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