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In what ways did the lives of women change in the USA in the 1920's?

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In what ways did the lives of women change in the USA in the 1920's? During the 1920's there were many signs that the role of women was changing. The war had bought about three big changes. Women had been the vote in 1920's. This gave them more political power. They were in theory allowed to work in the arm of the government but no woman ever joined any politic job. Secondly Women had worked in wartime factories in large numbers. This proved they could do jobs just as well as men, and gave many women the desire for more work opportunities. Lastly social habits show us that the lifestyles and habits changed overtime and people started to change their ideas of thinking as the world introduced fresh ideas. Women formed half the population of America and their lives were as varied as those of men. It is therefore difficult to generalise. However, before the First World War middle-class women in America, like those in Britain, expected to follow restricted life. They had to war very restrictive clothes and behave politely. They were not expected to wear make-up. Their relationship with men were strictly controlled so that the boy and the girl do not meet in an area where no one is there with them so then a chaperone has to go with them to see nothing like kissing or anything happens between them. ...read more.

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They created many new dancing styles, which went right along with the new music of the time. Parents were dismayed to find that their white youth enjoyed black musicians' music. These young women knew what was right for their country before the country knew it itself, and that's what they showed as flappers. They were modernizing the world, though a little too early to be appreciated. Flappers were also discovering themselves, discovering their talents their abilities, their unique personalities. The generations before them were not nearly as advanced or "thoroughly developed mentally, physically, and emotionally" as they were, because times change. And people have to change with the times. They needed a way to "let loose," to just relax and have fun with their peers, and escape the constant scrutiny of their elders. The teen generation of the 1920s found new ways to discover, to learn, and to progress, and although these new ways were not initially encouraged by their elders, now they have come to be recognized as "for the better." They represented current culture to the dot. The flappers of the 1920s were not going against society's old ways to be rebellious; they were merely expressing themselves. ...read more.

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They set out to stop the behaviour of women that they disapproved of. There were arguments for and against the Anti - Flirt league. It could have been considered reasonable because the Flappers could have been considered to be liable to start breaking the law with their rebellious antics. Shoplifting and joyriding could very easily have been started. Sex before marriage is a very big cause of unwanted pregnancies, and parents have the right to protect their children from these sorts of actions. Flappers may also find it harder to find a job because employers may disapprove of their loose behaviour, and prefer to give the job to a more sensible, reliable person. In these aspects the Anti Flirt League were only trying to defend their children and give them a better life to live. But this intolerance could also be considered unfair because the women were their own people and should be able to choose their actions. Even though they may not always be sensible, they should know there own limits. The way Flappers acted was fair and in a way, was way of standing up for women everywhere. It was a statement of independence. Times were changing anyway and this was bound to happen some time. For the first time women were standing up for themselves and having fun. ...read more.

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