WOMENIN THE 1920S
Women in the 1920s
The 1920s, a timewhen a lot of contradictions were experienced, especially after theWorld War I. Women in the 1920s experienced major changes in theirway of living. First, it was as a result of popular image of the1920s modern women known then as a flapper, was idolized. There werea lot of changes taking place, with their social image alsoexperiencing change. Again, what changed were their jobs, and theperception of these women within the society. The flapper image was akind of an illusion created since women in the 1920s were overlookedat, and largely excluded from the public eye1.The normal woman was expected to give up on their job after gettingmarried.
What characterizeda flapper’s freedom was that she could dance, especially theCharleston, and at the same time smoke a cigarette. She could alsodrive a car, and embrace modern technologies within their homes withease. Then, a flapper could again enjoy more freedom of the paidemployment2.Before then, women in the society experience exclusion, but in the1920s, the flappers, more than men began to experience the change,which was a challenge to the ways before. Young women, at the time,began to shorten their skirts, abandon their corsets, and bobbedtheir long hair3.They went out at night with shift shapeless dresses, nylon stocking,or exposed limbs, and high heels. Makeup was also the order of theday, which was viewed as a kind of revolution in the 1920s’ women.
In conclusion,getting a job or paid in the 1920s was hard. There was a lot ofdiscrimination, especially for women who sought out jobs. Only 20.4%of women, for instance in Australia, had jobs4.Their freedom in the 1920s was as a result of majority of men goingfor war, and thus granting them freedom, and with nobody to attend tobusinesses left behind.
Berkin, C., Miller, C. L., & Cherny, R. W. (2013). MakingAmerica: A History of the United States. Boston, Mass: Wadsworth,p. 667-668
Horn, Pamela. Women in the 1920s. Stroud, Gloucestershire: A.Sutton, 1995, p. 23-56
Søland, Birgitte. Becoming Modern: Young Women and theReconstruction of Womanhood in the 1920s. Princeton, N.J.:Princeton University Press, 2000, p. 123
1Pamela, Horn. Women in the 1920s. Stroud, Gloucestershire: A. Sutton, 1995, p. 23-56
2Birgitte, Soland. Becoming Modern: Young Women and the Reconstruction of Womanhood in the 1920s. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2000, p. 123
3Berkin, C., Miller, C. L., & Cherny, R. W. (2013). Making America: A History of the United States. Boston, Mass: Wadsworth, p. 667-668
4Berkin et al., Making America, 668