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To what extent did women gain social equality during the 1920s?

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To what extent did women gain social equality during the 1920?s? Shelley Ross Ms. Vitere IB History Word count: 1858 Plan of Investigation To what extent did women gain social equality during the 1920?s? To explore the topic of women in the 1920?s, cultural changes among women are explored. Changes in laws, rights &culture were investigated. Details include attempts women made for equal rights, & women?s overall behavioral changes through the 1920?s. Social &political issues affected women across the United States during the 1920?s, which caused social differences, new to the United States. Women started campaigning for equal rights. New jobs, &achievements of women are explored, as well as events during the time period that may have influenced them. Included in this investigation will be a conclusion of the extent that women gained social equality during the 1920?s. Sources chosen for the investigation are American Women Writers by Laurie Champion &Emmanuel S. Nelson, No Small Courage: A History of Women in the United States by Nancy F. Cott, Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1939: Decades of Promise and Pain by David E. Kyvig, and Encyclopedia of Women in American Politics by Laura van Assendelft &Jeffrey D. Schultz. These sources have information relating to the topic of women in the 1920?s, and will provide insight of changes in women?s social equality. Word Count: 198 Summary of Evidence To what extent did women gain social equality during the 1920?s? ...read more.


This source reveals that during this time period there were many social changes that benefited women. Also, Cott doesn?t just mention middle-class and white women, she refers to women of all races. ?Development?s in women?s history prove the maxim that what one finds in the past depend on what we look for.? (Cott vi) Cott left out information relative to her argument, such as the 1902 Gentleman?s Agreement with Japan, the Immigration Quota Act of 1924 and its 1960s revision. According to Lyde Cullen Sizer, she could have also included more about Watergate and the McCarthy era. A potential bias is that the author is a woman from the U.S., which may cause her to have a biased for woman?s point of view of history. ?Author of Womanhood: Woman?s Sphere in New England, 1780-1835; The grounding of Modern Feminism; and Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation; editor of Root of Bitterness Documents of the Social History of American Women.? (Cott 613) Word Count: 250 Evaluation of Source Posing a Threat: Flappers, Chorus Girls, and Other Brazen Performers of the American 1920?s, is a secondary source written by Angela J. Latham, published by Press of New England in 2000. Latham displays a view of the changes of women?s social, political, and economical changes during the 1920s. ?Latham turns a scholar?s eye to an age when women courted outrage with each new fashion and creates a revealing, entertaining cultural history that reminds us that every age finds something scandalous in the behavior of the young.? (Mike Tribby) ...read more.


Written in 1921 by Alice Paul, the Equal Rights Amendment had been introduced to Congress every session since 1923. After 50 years, in 1972, it was finally ratified by 35 states. (Schultz and van Assendelft 275) Certain rights seemed to be truer on paper than in the real everyday lives of women of the 1920?s. Although, the rights gained by women in the 1920?s have progressively had more effect in everyday life from the 1920?s to present day 21st century. Word Count: 522 Conclusion Through the 1920?s, women?s lives were greatly changed by the gain of social equalities. Women gained the right to vote, sparking a desire for more equal rights and going against current accepted ways. Women rapidly changed styles of dress, dance, and hair. Women received new rights and new high paying jobs. Physical education for girls was greatly improved. Females were joining together to gain more social equality. Women achieved many advances in social equality between men and women. These advancements were sometimes only created within laws. Certain rights were equal for men and women by law, but not actually carried out for women. The rights gained by women in the 1920?s have progressively had greater effect in everyday life since the 1920?s. Although women living in the 1920?s could not always use the newly given rights, the rights were given during the 1920?s and were increasingly enforced in years following this era. Through the 1920?s, women gained social equality to a great extent. ...read more.

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