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Changes in the role of women in society 1900-1970.

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Introduction Through the period of 1900 to 1970, there were many different changes in the role of women in society. They range from extreme to subtle, big to small, and from all areas. The following essay shows how it changed the lives of women (even if in different classes, in different ways), and how their lives changed for the better, for the worse from these changes, and prior to there before situation. The essay will be set out in sections, resembling a time line approach, showing different eras of history, and the changes that occurred in each section. Section 1. In 1900 to 1914, Sources state that throughout the Edwardian era, a woman was very much seen as an object, an ideal created by man. Women were expected to live up to such expectations as well, these characteristics were seen to go hand in hand with the vision of being a respectable woman, that she should know her place, appear to be inferior and remain faithful to her spouse. Although the latter my be still expected in modern day society, and still seen as the norm, the other reasons may even be seen as sexist, a chauvinist point of view, these points of view changed for women when such movements as the suffragettes were beginning to up rise. The Suffragettes gave woman a place that was outside of there home, it gave a job to the formally unemployed and it also showed the ideal of the woman as words, and shattered it in front of the eyes of men. ...read more.


This gave women the opportunity needed to prove that they would have been capable of filling such a role in whatever field there husband was in before he had left. With this came other privileges that they had not experienced. A wartime businesswoman could have been out on her own, or with a friend (either way, un-chaperoned.) and could have ordered a meal and spoken freely about her life, and what was happening in it, to her friend, outside of the workplace. Sources state that they were seen in merry groups, and after a modest diner, they would have maybe even smoked cigarettes, which was frowned upon and not seen as modest, ideal ladylike behaviour. But all the classes of women did not experience this lifestyle. Domestic servants often kept the same style of life, working for their bosses, still seen, but ignored unless a chore needed to be done. The male view of the vote for women was also seen as a bias, a very one-sided and often sarcastic view. Sources show a flapper unknowingly just throwing her vote away, and being incapable of making such a simple decision as to vote for one man. Showing her asking her dog, of all the things in the world, a mans best friend, for advice on how to choose her decision. With the vote in hand, women were still fighting for the right of employment. ...read more.


Women with jobs would have spare cash, and with the ever more popular image from rock stars and the laid back way off permissive society, it was able to purchase such substances. Such items would prove a big part in the way women in society were seen. Although it would be a farce too think that all people, especially women in the 60's were taking drugs, such practise was common in the 1960's. Sex was also becoming a common trend with women, and the ever more popular birth control was making pre-marital sexual relations more accessible. Abortion was also another option that was being taken up by ever more women, and was now seen as a situation that would be easy to get out from. Family planning centres were showing how permissive the society then really was. Conclusion My conclusion is that throughout these 60 years, the lifestyle of all women did change, even if it were not in the same way for all classes. The upper classes were given more freedom, but not more job opportunities, as they were not needed for such a class of persons. The business ladies were also given more freedom than anything, although higher up positions in their field of work may have become available to them. The working class were giving the chance to have two jobs, the husbands and the wife's job, which is shown very well in modern day society. The lower classes were given the chance to have a proper lifestyle and aloud to have equal opportunities whatever their background or situations. ...read more.

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