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The Twenties Women and Youth

Young Women Change the Rules

1. Explain how the image of the flapper embodied the changing values and attitudes of young women in the 1920's.
2. Identify the causes and results of the changing roles of women in the 1920's.

The Flapper

How is the Flapper like and unlike women of today?

Women Shed Old Roles at Home and Work

Take a look at the graph on page 460.

1. Which type of jobs showed the greatest growth between 1910 and 1930? The greatest decline?
2. What percentage of women held clerical jobs in 1930? About how many times greater was this than the percentage in 1910?

Beside work, what else changed for women in the 1920's?

Birth Control
Household labor saving devices
Child Laws put children into school
Prepackaged food

Youth in the Roaring Twenties

1. Describe the popular culture of the 1920's.
2. Explain why the youth-dominated decade came to be called the Roaring Twenties.

Dancing and the dance marathon was part of the 1920's Pop Culture, the Charleston was the craze.

Another craze was flagpole sitting

Alvin Kelly set a record when he sat on a flagpole for 49 days in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Why do you think flagpole sitting had an appeal?


Slang of the 1920's

As in almost all generations, the youth of the Roaring Twenties coined new terms.


Balled Up
Banks Closed
Glad Rags
Pipe Down

Changes in Dress

In concert with the social movement from a rural lifestyle to an urban one, fashion also attempted to throw off the old styles and embraced the new.

How is this type of clothing different from what their parents wore?
Not to be outdone the young men also experimented with different clothing than their parents.

In the summer of 1925 the students of Oxford University preferred choice of suit were the Oxford Bags. It caught on very soon after to the rest of the country.


What role did WWI have in shaping the attitudes of the Roaring Twenties?