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The Twenties Woman. SWBAT: Describe the changes women experienced during the 1920s both inside the home and in society. Homework : Response: what a flapper? Do Now: How would you describe this woman?. Vocab Review. Installment Plan Prohibition Fundamentalism Flapper Harlem Renaissance

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the twenties woman

The Twenties Woman

SWBAT: Describe the changes women experienced during the 1920s both inside the home and in society.

Homework: Response: what a flapper?

Do Now: How would you describe this woman?

vocab review
Vocab Review
  • Installment Plan
  • Prohibition
  • Fundamentalism
  • Flapper
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • Marcus Garvey
  • Nativism
  • Communism
  • Palmer Raids (not bolded, p. 619)
  • Sacco and Vanzetti
  • KKK (not bolded, p. 621)
  • Emergency Quota Act of 1921 (not bolded, p. 621)
  • Calvin Coolidge
women of the early 20 th century
Women of the early 20th Century
  • Traditionally stayed in the home to cook and clean.
  • Expected to have children and be a good mother.
  • Dressed conservatively and were to behave as virtuous women should.
  • Married young and were to be loyal and faithful wives.
reason 1 world war i and its aftermath
Reason 1: World War I and its aftermath
  • World War I and its effects:
    • Questioning religion
      • What effect could war have on religion and a person’s beliefs?
    • “We could die tomorrow” mindset
      • How could this change your behavior and ideas?
reason 2 changes in the home
Reason 2: Changes in the Home
  • Time saving appliances meant women had to spend less time cooking and cleaning.
  • Readymade items that could be purchased in the store (i.e sliced bread, clothing, etc.) freed women from making these items themselves.
reason 3 changes in the workforce
Reason 3: Changes in the Workforce
  • The economic boom of the 1920s meant women had the opportunity to work in “womanly professions”.
    • Teachers, nurses, secretaries, typists, and librarians.
    • Kept women out of the house and at their jobs.
  • However, this is the beginning of gender discrimination and inequality for women in the workplace.
reason 4 changes in the family
Reason 4: Changes in the family
  • 1870s: birth control was made illegal.
  • People like Margaret Sanger brought birth control and family planning to national attention.
    • Opened the first birth control clinic in 1916.
    • Was arrested. Judge ruled women did not have "the right to copulate with a feeling of security that there will be no resulting conception."
  • By the end of the 1920s, doctors recognized the benefits of birth control and clinics were more common.
  • How might birth control change the way women understand and feel about sex and child-bearing?
all of this led to the flapper
All of this led to the flapper
  • Flappers changed the way women were perceived by society.
  • Challenged and then redefined social roles for women.
  • But what is a flapper?
activity illustrate a flapper
Activity- Illustrate a Flapper
  • In your group, first read A Flapper's Appeal to Parents
  • Then on a separate sheet of paper, draw what you imagine a flapper to look like from Ellen Welles Page’s description.
  • Your illustration should include:
    • An appropriate look (hair, clothing, shoes, etc.)
    • A setting that has the flapper engaging in an activity that a flapper might be involved in.
    • A thought or speech bubble that a flapper might think or say.
  • At the bottom answer the question: what does Ms. Page want parents to do?

You may want to highlight or underline these as you read.

helpful hints
Helpful hints…

Peter Pan Collar


Bobbed hair