Before, During, and After

Before 1920, women typically didn't work outside of their home, and kept up with traditional responsibilities, like getting food and saving fuel for their families; but many things changed after World War I. After the draft, 23,000 women entered war industrial plants working as accountants, telephone operators, shipment collectors, steel mill workers, and nurses. Women who worked outside of their homes before World War I had better job opportunities, and could move from domestic services to industrial jobs.


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The 19th Amendment
After the 19th Amendment, women succeeded in male jobs, and they wanted better wages and more political rights. Now the women a right to vote, along with raising age of protection of young girls to 18, making mother joint guardians over children, and extending the rights of suffrage women.


Women's Role in Society
The 1920's brought new cultural additions that switched attention from politics to social life. There were now new fashion trends, new products, and new flirtatious images to live up to. Now women took up smoking, changed their hair so it was shorter in the style of a 'bob' cut, body image became of greater importance, and their skirts and dress length changed and became shorter.

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Political success along with having more free time challenged traditional ideas of women's roles in society. Unmarried working women had their own money to spend and had greater access to flexibility. The role of women had changed from passive to active in society. Now they began to attend school and be just as successful as men were. The had become more independent both financially and literally.



Citations
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"Answers.com - What Was the Changing Role of Women in the 1920's." WikiAnswers - The Q&A Wiki. Web. 24 Apr. 2011. <http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_was_the_changing_role_of_women_in_the_1920's>.


"YouTube - Modern Women in the 1920s vs. Traditional Roles of Women." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. Web. 24 Apr. 2011. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqGYg7CRV4A>.

Megen Wright