Feminism In The 1920s And 1930's

1075 Words5 Pages
“Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It 's about making life more fair for women everywhere. It 's not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It 's about baking a new pie.” (1) How did women get to where they are today? Why were the 1920 's and 1930 's formative years for women? The 1920 's and 1930 's were crucial years for women as they were gaining an identity in the world and in workplaces. They were at their best at home by showing their importance on farms and producing important goods for their families on a daily basis, while also starting to step out in the world to create an identity for themselves. They were starting to develop and acquire new skills by going to work in professional…show more content…
The 1920s and 1930s were very different decades in terms of what they did for women in Canada and the impacts they had on women. The 1920s were the years when women were pushing boundaries like going out of their homes to work and changing social attitudes towards women, whereas the 1930s was a setback for woman, they were starting to get a formal education and began to create professional identity.
To begin with, the social attitudes in the 1920’s created an encouraging environment, while the 1930’s generated an adverse effect. In the early 1920s, social attitude towards women was not great, they were seen as inferior to men, and the society believed that women were not able to compete with men. Social attitude towards women is what fuels and hinders their success in a society. The social attitudes changed dramatically from the 1920 's to the 1930 's. The 1920 's was a period where women were starting to approach the idea of female freedom and female identity. In order for them to achieve some female freedom and female identity social attitudes needed to change. During this period women started taking on professions other than just homemakers and housewives. Females were making their entry into the
…show more content…
Women had a challenging time getting their place permanently in the workforce. Women and jobs are still a problem in today 's day and age. Apart from education, it was jobs that helped them create their identity in the world. Furthermore, the 1920 's were booming years for women in general. Women were taking on roles that were female-oriented as well as male-oriented like athletes, lawyers, and even nurses. Whereas the 1930s pushed women back to their original spots, which was giving birth, taking care of children, and their home. However, in the 1920’s getting to the Olympics, was an accomplishment. Women that went to the Olympics played all types of sports like skating, swimming, tennis, baseball, hockey, and basketball. Moreover, in 1928, the women brought home 2 gold medals, 1 silver medal, and 1 bronze medal. This showed how women were capable to work in any profession even if it was more “manly”. On the contrary the 1930s, due to the Great Depression, decreased jobs, and there was no place for women in the workforce. In addition, the 1920s were the years for bringing equality between men and women whereas the 1930 's brought men back to the top. Women that managed to keep their job but were paid lower than men even if they had been working longer and had a higher position. This issue still exists today. All in all the 1920’s was

More about Feminism In The 1920s And 1930's

Open Document