The Twenties Woman. Background. Historically, women have been considered intellectually inferior to men. They were seen as major sources of temptation and evil. Women were also considered naturally weaker than men. THE TWENTIES WOMAN.
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After the tumult of World War I, Americans were looking for a little fun in the 1920s.
Many women began to assert their independent, reject the values of the 19th century, and demand the same freedoms as men.
The life of a flapper was a lot of fun!
It consisted of constant partying.
Flappers smoked cigarettes and drank alcohol – all of which were unheard of if you were a woman!
They lived very reckless lives and would cling to their youth.
Flappers were the first of the women to flaunt their sexuality.
Their lifestyles were shown in the way that they dressed and danced.
Flappers wore heavy make up with scarlet lips and heavy eye make up. Before the flappers, only “loose” women wore make up.
Women tried to look more like men in the twenties. They would tightly wrap their chest with strips of cloth to flatten it. They were trying to look around the age of a 15 year old boy.
The 20s changed the way the world looked at hair styles. “The Bob” was the famous hair style that was everywhere in the 20’s.
Most women haircuts were very short in the back and 20 % longer in the front.
The Cloche Hat was a must during the day. This was a hat that fit snuggly over short hair and reached the eyebrows.
One of the first women to wear trousers, cut her hair and reject the corset was Coco Chanel. Probably the most influential woman in fashion of the 20th century, Coco Chanel did much to further the emancipation and freedom of women's fashion.
Dancing was a flappers favorite pastime. They would dance the Charleston, Black Bottom and the Shimmy.
Drinking was a favorite pastime of the flappers. Prohibition was in effect, and the women were breaking the law. Before this, only men would drink. The women were seen as “Giddy Flappers” due to drunkenness.
Many carried a flask, which was extremely unheard of – even for men!
Margaret Sanger and other founders of the American Birth Control League - 1921
“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”
(Pushed for an Equal Rights Amendment to be added to the constitution)
January 11th, 1885- July 9th, 1977
“Men and women shall have equal rights throughout the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction.”