The Adjusting 20s “They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.” – Confucius “The 1920s were an age of dramatic, social, and political change and the nation’s total wealth more than doubled between 1920 and 1929.” There were many other major changes that happened in the 20s that are still very effective to this day. The 20s really were action-packed and there were so many events that formed America into what it was today. The 20s were the end of the Women’s Right Movement and it led up to women being able to vote.
In the 1920’s, women’s rights took a big turn. Women got their voting right in 1919 by the 19th Amendment, it changed everyone’s life afterward. Women were now recognized pretty much as equals. There were always men who didn’t agree but for the most part, everyone did. In the Roaring 20s, people called women, “New Women” due to some of the things that women did after they got their voting right.
During the period of 1890-1925, the responsibilities of women expanded drastically by the employment of a larger women workforce. Women have been judged constantly, and considered as inferior, over countless years. Women have fought industriously for equality and have proven significantly that women can be, and are equal as men. Even now, the fight of women equality is still continuing. Between 1890-1925, the involvement of women stimulated political and economical involvement.
Women's issues suddenly became so prominent in American culture because things were changing. People were forming new opinions and women saw an opportunity. In the 1800's transcendentalism came into the picture. Transcendentalism was an intellectual movement led by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau (Henretta, G-13). They believed that they needed to examine individuality and self reliance closely.
During the early to mid-nineteenth century women’s roles were seen to be confined to domestic affairs, but this phase would only lead to a stronger voice for women coming from within the home. The Second Great Awakening in the early 1800’s sparked a need for religion in the American culture. Women dominantly filled the churches leaving men to fend the vices of the world alone. In efforts to bring religion back, a new role for women was formed, the Cult of True Womanhood (Ginzberg 8).
Society has changed tremendously over the years and so has fashion. In the 1920’s, women were beginning to express themselves and exercising their individuality. They began to wear short skirts and dresses in bright, bold colors. Women also began to dress in a more masculine manner and bobbed their hair.
During the time periods from the Middle Ages to the end of the eighteenth century, women’s roles began to change. This was still the time when people lived in a male dominated society, and women were subservient to men. Women were meant to be innocent and uneducated, or at least this is what men thought. Women were not allowed to engage in society. Only the husbands could do that, and the women had to be obedient to their husbands.
The 1920s era redefined pleasure and independence and was characterized by a powerful women’s liberation movement that spilled over into many facets of life for the women of that time. Perhaps one of the most tangible expressions of this new paradigm was witnessed in the impact that the women’s liberation movement had on the fashion industry running from the 1920’s well into the modern age. A surprising catalyst in this process was the onset of World War I (WWI) and it is useful to contemplate the drastic changes in attitudes and perceptions for women of that time. Prior to WWI, women were allowed minimal autonomy and their role in society was largely confined to the household.
The period between 1920 and 1980 has long been considered as a politically dormant era for women in Canada. Canadians tested the promise of equality between the sexes, symbolised by federal and provincial women suffrage victories. Women hoped that the equality transformations would bring good times, a changed domestic economy, and overall, a fair deal for Canada. Until the 1800s, women worked in the home, and were only responsible for domestic duties (add citation). They were considered intellectually inferior to men, seen as major sources of temptation and evil, and were also considered naturally weaker than men.
Fashions/ Styles of the 1920s While society changed during the 1920s, fashion changed along with it. After World War I, society skyrocketed. People began throwing parties, flying airplanes across the country, and traveling long distances in cars.