Women In The 20s

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The Roaring Twenties: THE FLAPPER at the Forefront of An American Era of Moral, Political, Social and Cultural Reform "The Flapper" by Dorothy Parker The playful flapper here we see, The fairest of the fair - She's not what Grandma used to be "“ You might say, au contraire.

Her girlish ways make a stir, Her manners cause a scene But there is no more harm in her Than in a submarine She nightly knocks for many a goal The usual dancing men Her speed is great, but her control Is something else again All spotlights focus on her pranks All tongues her prowess herald For which she well may render thanks To god and Scott Fitzgerald Her golden rule is plain enough; Just get them young and treat them rough The roles, behaviors and attitudes of women underwent radical change in the United States during the decade of the 1920's.

With the end of World War I, some women became accustomed to working outside of the home, and were reluctant to give up the freedoms associated with employment. The 18th Amendment, ratified in January of 1919, which abolished the production or sale of alcohol, was widely disregarded, giving rise to an industry of organized crime and illegal "speakeasies" or dance halls that sold alcohol. These speakeasies became a favorite hangout for the "modern woman" of the 1920's, known as a flapper, a heavily made-up young woman who drank, smoked cigarettes, cursed, and was sexually active. The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote.

"Amendment XIX, (adapted 1920) The right of citizen of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by any state on account of sex, congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation." Having the privilege to vote, gave...