By: Faith Porzilli, Lauren Schmidt, AJ Appalucio, and Abby Haeuter
Woman and Society

The society women lived in in the 1920s is much different than there rights today and ideas we have today. Women in the past
were thought as a much lower level in society than today. This shows what the women from this time couldn't wear and also
the fashion items that women and men wore and also who influenced fashion and women in the 1920's. Also, what rights these women
had from this time. Lastly what they had the rights to wear, along with the rebellion in the way they dress and act.
Women of this time showed a huge rebellion and a magnificent amount of effort put forward to finally be treated as equals to
men in this times society.

Today in the world women have every right as and are equal(in the USA), but if you went back to the 1920s you would see
when women began to change. In the 1920s women were out watching children and do daily chores andwere now beginning
to take more part in society. The jobs and new opportunities more women out of the home and into of work and public life
women of this time began to take new roles in ever greater numbers( Education Devolpment Center 1). Theyalso began
to get an education in college after they got out of high-school. Women before had been controlled by there husbands and or
fathers(edh 1). Before the 1920s men completely took control of there wives, children, and all the family had. Those things all
changed when in 1920 the 19th amendment to the United States of America was made. Women had received the right to vote,
this was the beginning of a long chain of achievements women would receive.

The women of the 1920s are the same as soccer moms today because they always stayed home. If a woman had a job it
would have a salary that was much less than any man and did not have many hours of work to do. Until the Womens Rights
Movment these were all the costom but, after women got minimum wadge and a much larger amount of hours. In most cases,
women were only educated until the ages of 9 to 12 years old. The only girls who were permitted to pursue a higher education ,
were those of families with money(edh 1). There were many firsts in the 1920s that impacted the view of women. Amelia Earhart
was the first woman to fly in an air plane (1921) which marked a change in time.

The 1920's were a giant stepping stone for women. This right to own property, made women everywhere know that they
were able to do things without a husband to depend on(edh 1). Women began wanting to have a vote in the senate but,
congress denied this do to that women were not considered people in this time(edh 1). A groupof women called
"The Valiant Five" which consisted of Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Irene Parlby, Louis McKinney and Henrietta
Edwars asked the Courtof Canada one question. "Are women persons?"(edh 1) It took a long time to discuss and
when the came to a conclusion they relized that no, women were not consitered people. After that ruling there was
serous discussion on if women were people they advanced to courts across the world, but finaly they decided that
women should now be considered people.

Young women of this time would rap there chests to look in the correct shape. "The slender flat-chested
tanned body and face of a 15 year old became the desired silhouette of the bright young things
of the 1920s"(Thomas 1). Youthful women began to dress in more of a mens style then dresses and skirts.
"Female clothes became looser and more shapeless in fit"(Thomas 1). Since the best of dresses in the
past were for more richer of women, when the flapper come it had an easier construction then long layerful
gowns. This made it easy for home dress making and more apropriate for middle class and poor.

Women weren't the only group of people that wanted a part in society. African Americans were no longer acting like
slaves as they began to take a large part in the arts.Just in this century a man who would soon change the world and
defeate segragation was born, that is Martin Luther King J..Bessie Colman (1893-1926) beat the odds. She became the
first person to recieve an international piolts license as a graduate of the Federation Aeronautique International in France.
She was also honored to be the first black woman pilot and stunt avatio, proving women were going to make a change.

Music would influence jobs women would have and things the do. Women now were singing and dancing all the time in
what would have thought to be incredibly provocative. They would wear short dresses, called flappers. In these gowns they
would sing backup or dance in groups.

If you look back over the period of jazz and the blues in the 1920's you can see from history that women rights,
great depression, art, music etc. was not the only thing that changed. Fashion. A big influence in the 1920's was Coco Chanel.
People would follow her trends and copy herstyle of clothes. Coco Chanel set the image for the little boy look, 'the bob cut"
as women in the 1920's wore there hair short and sleek, but long hair was considered the 'sweet look".Although dresses and
make-up did change that was not the only thing. . make up went through drastic change. . women would wear makeup called '
pancake makeup", and also For many of tthe women in the 1920's they followed her style,"Channel make- up clothes, and hair styles.".
For many of the women in the 1920's you weren't to show allot of " skin ". So. . . many women would wear flappers ( a dress of the 1920's
and around the periods of that time).
Women were not the only ones who were different things from now. Men wold wear " The Sacque Suit" was one of them ann
colored shirts, blue, peach etc. and geometric shapepatterned shirts were put with tie pins, and black bowler hats and "knickers".
For evening wear Men were told that long black tail coats were considered evening wear for men. For women evening wear was long
dresses,like pink and black evening dresses. Many would wear pale green halter dresses, the "pink eveningdresses", black lace
evening dresses, and black long evening dress. Although dresses did make a big change dresses were not the only thinng women
in the 1920's also wore hats. As you could see there were many different styles such as, flaper hats, cloche hats, roaring 20's hats etc.
Women wore special corsetts, shoes and that all changed as the period went on.
And that is how fashion in the 1920's went.

1920s photographs
1920s photographs
Flappers of all kind;
pic 1

Fashions Dramatic Change.
Fashion went trough a dramatic change during the 1920's.
It evolved into the fashion dresses we use today. It used to be long dresses were the only thing showing were
the hands neck and head. But in the 20's the big change happened. The change that is still in fashion today.

There were boycotts of the new so called "outrage in fashion". Older woman said there was to much skin showing.
You said that today people would look at you funny. If they boycotted fashion today... get that tattoo off your
arm BANG.Good thing it was back then when they boycotted fashion.I will show you the evolution of the
old outfit to the flapper.

Dresses looked like this before flappers
A long evening dress. The ankles weren't allowed to show. It was unladylike to show them. This is what was "in"
before the 1920's big change."Not until 1920 was universal suffrage the right of every adult citizen in America to
vote passed in both houses, becoming the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution" (Web currents)
That is when the change happened.

The bob-cut looked like this:
bob-cut.jpeg many women got there hair boobed in the 1920's.

Before the 1920's it was wrong for woman to show their ankles. When the 1920's took off,external image 1920chemiscorsb.jpg
eventually it was ok for woman to show their knees! In the 1920's woman could not not vote either.
Some popular fashions in the "roaring twenties" were the sheek "bob cut" and the popular flapper dress. Night clubs were very popular
for women in the twenties also. "Skirts only revealed the knee briefly between 1926 and 1928, and
this was the only period when evening dresses were short in line withday dress lengths." (Weston Thomas, 1)
Hats were also popular in this time period, it was polite for a woman to wear a hat outdoors in 1926 and only during the day,
normally women did not wear hats in the evening. (Fashions for the flappers, 1)Women could not wear skimpy bathing
suits, or clothing that was similar. Though many were shocked by the flapper's attire and
behavior, a less extreme version of the flapper became respectable among everyone.
Some women cut off their hair and stopped wearing their corsets,
but didn't go to the extreme of the flapper. (Rosenburg, 3) Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel had a huge influence on
Society in the "roaring twenties". "She believed that woman should be able to dress simply and be comfortable."
(Influence, 1) Although Miss Chanel's clothing was certainly ahead of her time, but also her ideas about woman's rights.
She strongly influenced women's rights in society. "Chanel's fashions not only changed the way women looked on
the outside, but she also changed the way women looked at themselves" (Influence, 1)
She was no longer just about creating stylish hats and designer clothes. She had done something bigger, she had created a new way of life, and in so
doing, ("Mademoiselle Coco Chanel", 1)
external image Coco_Chanel.jpg
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