Options gave them some power and influence, as an emerging voting class with a particular set of priorities. Women still faced inequality and discrimination, but in the words of the Virginia Slim’s slogan, which was marketed toward women in the sixties and seventies, “You’ve come a long way, baby!” (Catalano, pg. 76). The simple fact that product marketing, which was not for household products, food, or clothing, was being directed toward women was evidence of a new group of people with purchasing power. Women were no longer sitting idly by as decisions were being made for them.
Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s contribution to this cause was monumental to the start of this movement. They, along with plenty of other women and rights activists, fought for equality for women in society. Not having the right to vote made women feel as if their opinions and political views were trivial and not equal to those of men. However, men felt as if women were too emotional, less educated, and were unable to evaluate political issues that did not pertain to a group consisting of mostly stay at home mothers. Obviously, as history has now demonstrated, exactly the opposite is true.
The Roaring Twenties was a prime era for women. Because of the toils of many strong women, ideals were flipped on their head, to America’s benefit. In the late 1800’s, two women, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, quickly realized that women would not be able to share their political views unless given the right to vote. Because of the fact that women had basically no other societal roles besides housework, they were not respected during this time period. So the two women teamed up and spent the rest of their lives fighting for the women’s suffrage movement.
World War I transformed the country from it’s old traditional ways to a new influential era known as the 1920’s or the “Roaring 20’s”. It changed the way society viewed women, African Americans, and immigrants. The 1920’s also placed a distinctive line between Americans, especially Americans for and against prohibition. By the 1920’s “Flappers” became the new face of women all over the nation. Women were beginning to reject Victorian morality; they wore shorter skirts, put on more makeup, and smoked (document 3).
For example, the author gives the example, “Other women entered new occupations created by the Industrial Revolution, which replaced the work of individual craftspeople with machine manufacturing.” This quote comes to show that because of the war women were given new opportunities to explore. Another example to show how the war changed the lives of women is, “ The civil war, and the absence from home of so many men, brought profound challenges and opportunities to all women.” Which shows that women 's lives changed by the civil war because the men were gone and the women got to fill in their jobs, which was a huge improvement from what they were doing before. Finally, the author shows how the women’s lives changed for the better, after the civil war, because of the absence of men and the independence that the civil war gave them. In conclusion, the author, Kathleen Ernst, talks about how women’s lives changed from before the civil war, and after the civil war. In the beginning of the passage, before the civil war, the author states that women were only good for tending the wounded and taking care of the babies and children.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1twtYoqJjB2v5b_wC87fSq87fpEdfmHaFGY3VBqJwPLQ/ediThe early 1900s are known as a time in history where there was a massive change in cultural views which had led to rash and progressive changes in women’s rights along with the creation of mass produced apparel and cosmetics. This period however pale in comparison to those radical changes of today's society and it is clear that twenty-first century concepts of women's rights , marriage legislation and various other topics which had once been considered taboo are much more accepted and widely discussed. Throughout the start of the 1900s, the United States had just come out of World War 1, where there had been conscription along with the ratification of the 18th Amendment. This had been one of the first
Jane Addams is often refered to as a social and political pioneer. She seperated herself from what society belived a women should do and created many radical changes for that time period. Many of her fellow friends, characterized as going crazy and too hopeful. But in the years later to come, Jane Addams would redefine what a women can and should do. She once said, “Old-fashioned ways which no longer apply to changed conditions are a snare in which the feet of women have always become readily entangled” (JaneAddams).
I say this because many Americans who were ignored such as women and African-Americans were now in the limelight for the nation to see. With women finally getting the right to vote with the passing of the 19th amendment, the stage was set for Women to have a dominant role in 1920’s culture. Progressive Women during this time, also known as flappers, were distinct from other women as they behaved and dressed in a boldly unconventional manner. These women pushed for and promoted their agenda, which included women’s suffrage, the repeal of prohibition, and the push for having more women in the workforce. Similarly, a number of African-Americans were also emerging from a history subjugation.
Although in modern times opposition to issues such as the wage gap is heavily supported by women, in the 1920s, women were pushing for much more basic rights. One such issue would be women’s suffrage, which was rallied for at events such as the Seneca Falls convention, the first women’s rights convention that was organized in 1848. Conventions and protests such as this one played large roles in the creation and enforcement of policies such as those outlined in the 19th amendment, which granted women with the right to vote after a timeless battle and opened up the future to the attainment of more rights for women. Along with suffrage, other smaller rights were given to women like the right to dress and act in ways that may not have been seen fit in earlier years. During the 1920s, many women decided to cut their hair short into bob cuts.
Therefore, what followed was the right of women to vote; with this, the voice of women where now represented in public office changing forever the political life of the nation. This new independence marked a big step to social equality. The new-found freedom changed women’s attitudes to themselves, to men, marriage and to the family. The result of the change was liberating fashion in clothing and hairstyles. Before this, dress and hair were longer and modest.