Women Gain Rights, Fashion, and Flappers

Females advanced in the work force as more women began to get hired for office jobs. They also gained several rights and a freer lifestyle.

In 1920, the 19th Amendment was passed in the United States, granting suffrage to women. Four years later, in 1923, women living in Great Britain also gained a step forward. The Matrimonial Causes Act was put into force. This meant that in the event of a divorce, both spouses were regarded as equals.

In the 1920’s the world experienced several revolutions in areas such as music and new scientific discoveries. People seemed to be taking part in this “change” as well. For instance, women adopted new fashion standards (usually more casual) and beliefs. For women, hair was cut shorter (sometimes the Eton crop) and clothing changed drastically, becoming shorter and less “covering.” So revolutionary were these changes that in 1925, the Archbishop of Naples pointed a blaming finger at short skirts. He believed that they were the cause for an Italian earthquake. More liberty was granted to women when advancements in technology created cars with electric self-starters. They would no longer have to hand-crank them or have the assistance of a male.

The flapper, a sign of the 1920’s, characterized the changes that were occurring in the decade. Flappers were young ladies, usually dressing in the styles described in the paragraph above. Some were also known to be cigarette-smokers and cosmetics-wearers.

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