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1920s and 1930s Women's History

Women's history during the 1920s and 1930s, between the two World Wars. The Twenties began with the ratification of woman suffrage in the United States and proceeded through the Jazz Age; the Thirties saw more change in women's roles.
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August 26, 1920 - Women's Suffrage Amendment Becomes Law
With the switch of one vote from the anti- to the pro-suffrage, the Tennessee legislature ratified the 19th Amendment giving women the vote, and kicking off the 1920s with a hard-fought victory for women's rights.

Dorothea Lange
Dorothea Lange biography - a profile of Dorothea Lange, photographer of the 20th century, known for her iconic images of the Great Depression

Aimee Semple McPherson
An evangelical missionary preacher, with America and its sinners as her mission field -- when she disappeared in 1926, was she really hiding away in a "love nest" with a man on her radio station's staff, or was she kidnapped? Was she a hypocrite or was she a victim of the media and of those who couldn't stand a woman with such power in a position normally closed to women?

Sewing class, 1928
Sewing class, 1928: photograph from Aiken summer school, Chicago, Illinois.

Flappers and the Roaring Twenties
Jen Rosenberg, About Guide to the 20th Century, on the flapper, the 1920s new woman who voted, drank, wore her hair short and partied.

What Ten Million Women Want
A 1932 article by Eleanor Roosevelt, originally published in The Home Magazine. "We women are callow fledglings as compared with the wise old birds who manipulate the political machinery, and we still hesitate to believe that a woman can fill certain positions in public life as competently and adequately as a man."

Women and the Vote
Fourteen years after women won the vote, Eleanor Roosevelt reviews the present political situation of women and outlines her dreams for the future. From It's Up to the Women published in 1933.

Women Must Learn to Play the Game as Men Do
According to this 1928 article by Eleanor Roosevelt, women need more voice in public life to achieve real political equality with men.

Women in Politics
A 1940 article by Eleanor Roosevelt, on the accomplishments and future of women in public life.

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