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Roaring Twenties: Women in the 20s

Did You Know . . .

Suffrage is "the right or privilege of voting," and a suffragette is a woman who advocates the right to vote. The suffragette movement began in England in 1897.
The organizations that have helped further women's rights:

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'The End of the Climb'

Women's Rights Cartoon- ending women's suffrage. Created in 1920 upon the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Women's Rights Cartoon. - 'The End of The Climb'; Cartoon By Rollin Kirby, 1920, Upon the Proclamation of the Adoption of the 19th (Women Suffrage) Amendment to the United States Constitution., Fine Art. Encyclopedia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 17 Dec 2011.

19th Amendment

What did this amendment do?
Simply, it gave women the right to vote.
Passed by Congress June 4, 1919. Ratified August 18, 1920.
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Constitution of the United States: http://www.archives.go

Still Waiting Ratification

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) first proposed to Congress in 1923 is still not part of the United States Constitution. Its purpose is to "affirm that women and men have equal rights under the law."

"Firsts" for the 1920s American Woman

Florence Allen

First woman state judge (1920)

Marie Luhring

First woman automotive engineer (1920)

Rebecca Felton

First woman in U.S. Senate (1922)

Nellie Tayloe Ross

First woman governor (1924)

Gertrude Ederle

First woman to swim the English Channel (1926)

Dorothy Arzner

First woman to direct a talking movie (1927)

Phoebe Omlie

First woman to earn aircraft mechanic's license (1927)

"Everything Is Hot-tentotsy Now"

Life Magazine features a flapper, 1926. - 'Everything is Hot-tentotsy now.'

FLAPPER COVER, 1926. - 'Everything Is Hot-tentotsy Now.' Cover For 'Life,' By L.J. Holton.. Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 5 Dec 2011.


A flapper was a "fashionable young woman [in the 1920s], especially one showing independent behaviour."
Cambridge Dictionaries Online
The flapper lifestyle included frequenting speakeasies where the women could enjoy jazz, dance the Charleston and other dances, smoke, drink, kiss men in public, and generally stay out until the wee hours of the morning.