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"IN THE 1920s WOMEN STARTED TO EMERGE AS A SIGNIFICANT FORCE" Discuss this statement In the 1920's women started to emerge as a significant force. Before the 1920's, women rarely found jobs in male-dominated fields because of their status in Victorian and Edwardian societies. However all this had changed in the 1920's. Women became more involved in visual arts as more than a hobby, new lifestyles were promoted, women were given a chance to play a role in political issues and women began to have some say in the direction of their lives. This all happened due to two reasons. One was the thinning of the male population due to World War I and two, the continuing awareness of the feminist movement. ...read more.


Some examples of these women are, Grace Cossington-Smith, Grace Crowley Margaret Preston and Thea Proctor. These women influenced many other women to pursue art as a career, which is strange because it was the prospect of a woman being a full-time artist was socially questionable. Secondly, women's magazines promoted new lifestyles for women. It introduced the alternative by one using birth control, and how to play an active role in political issues. Organisations such as the National Councill of women and the Women's service Guild attempted to get women into Parliament. Women had been excluded from important roles in political parties and trade unions. Women's involvement in unions and politics were viewed with suspicion. Women's groups believed that gaining political power was the most effective way of bringing public attention to women's issues, the real change. ...read more.


With increasing numbers in the workforce and struggle for equal rights, women became more vocal. Although they rarely found work in male-dominating jobs, an increasing number of girls did complete a secondary education and even attended university. Despite the discrimination, women formed an essential part of the 1920's work force. In 1921, women made up 20.3% of the workforce. Certain occupations were regarded as being suitable for women. Female employment rates grew in clothing and textile manufacturing, food preparation, and typing and clerical work. Teaching and nursing were traditionally regarded as female occupations. Women began to exit the "housewife" image, although the social image of women in the 1920's revolved around the family and home. In conclusion, women began to make an impact in visual arts, politics and male-dominating fields. New lifestyles were promoted for women, and an enormous change took place. They started to become more vocal and emerged as a significant force in the 1920's. ...read more.

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