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Role of Women

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FC: The Changing Role of Women Throughout the 19th Century | By: Lizzy Wynne

1: The Change in Women's Fashion

2: In the early 1900s, women's fashion was very traditional. Dresses went all the way to the floor and covered up almost all of their body. Women's fashion was in for a big change in the upcoming decades. | 1 9 1 0 s

3: In the 1920s women's fashion drastically changed with the women's new freedom. Skirts and hair got much shorter, and the overall look was less conservative. The women who danced, smoked, and drank at night became known as flappers and were known for breaking traditions in the 20s. | 1 9 2 0 s

4: In the 1930s the Great Depression was in full blow and women's fashion contrasted to the optimistic look of the 20s. Looks became more feminine, and conservative again. Many women had to remake their old clothes to save money during the hard times, so looks became more simple. | 1 9 3 0 s

5: In the 1940s the country was at war, and many women began to go to work. Women's fashion was modeled after the utility wear produced during the war effort. The depression looks designed to save money, and run the household changed into work wear with a purpose for women. | 1 9 4 0 s

6: The Change in Women's Role in Politics

7: Throughout the 18th century and the early 19th century women fought for their right to vote. Suffrage movements took place all over the country with women fighting for their voting rights. | 1 9 1 0 s

8: After a long fight for suffrage, in 1920 the 19th Amendment was added to the Constitution giving women the right to vote. | 1920s

9: In the 1930s women have earned suffrage, but still make little difference in politics. However, one change is Eleanor Roosevelt who was the first lady and began her fight for women's rights and social improvement in the 1930s. | 1930s

10: Although in the 1940s women did not make huge changes in the government, they helped support the war effort through organizing volunteer work. For example, they volunteered for the Red Cross, and started the United Service Organization(USO) and the Women Airforce Service Pilots(WASP). | 1 9 4 0 s

11: The Change in Women's Home Life

12: At the beginning of the 19th century women traditionally worked at home cleaning the house, preparing meals, and looking after the children while the men worked. Few women had paying jobs, or freedom outside of their homes. | 1 9 1 0 s

13: In the 1920s women's daily lives changed significantly. The production of new technology made women's chores at home much more efficient. This gave them more time to leave the house and go out to follow their own interests. Many women found paying jobs, and the 20s saw more women graduate from college with degrees. | 1 9 2 0 s

14: During the Depression women had to put their focus back on their house work and trying to make ends meet with little income. The fun from the 20s was over. To help with the income many women found jobs despite the fact that men could not, and the number of women working increased during the depression. | 1930s

15: When World War 2 broke out most women left their homes and started taking the men's place in jobs. In addition, the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service program (WAVES) formed and many women helped in non-combat positions during the war. | 1 9 4 0 s

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