The Roaring Decade of Women

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Alyssa Mariconda

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The Roaring Decade Of Women

The roaring 20's created a whole new woman, this new woman danced, drank, smoked, went to parties, cut her hair, wore make up and even voted. Before the start of World War I, the most common fashion trend was known as the Gibson Girl. They wore their hair loosely on top of her head, long skirts, and high collared shirts (Rosenberg 1). Prior to the war, women's duties were primarily to look after the house and take care of the kids. Society thought that a woman could either have a husband and family or a career, not both. The average woman would spend their entire day cleaning the house, cooking, and caring for the kids. It was also not very common for women to have jobs and it was understood that women were not as clever as men.

With the end of the war happening, the 1920's represented a time of social change. The mentality changed in women as they not only wanted successful careers, but also a husband and family. Many women became active and independent due to their new roles. By the end of the war the economy was growing, there was the rise of the middle class, and the urbanization of America was signals that the world was changing ("1920's Fashion" 1). As soon as the war was over, the women wanted to make some changes within themselves. Women, as well as men, were anxious to avoid returning to the roles and rules of society at that time. Due to World War I, the women of the 1920's emerged from their submissive role in the home and found outrageous ways to express their freedoms.

The first way women moved from their submissive to aggressive...