Women In The 1920's

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In the 1920’s, which was also known as the Roaring Twenties, many women lived their lives day by day. Many women were open to new ideas, including new cultural beliefs and the start of new household technologies. During this innovative era, woman started to gain a sense of importance and independence in society. This included being granted the right to vote, expressing themselves through songs and dancing and also marrying for love and ending unhappy marriages. With all of this being said and done, the evolution of woman were given the name flappers. In this era woman found an escape from social pressures and become more outgoing and started to take the first but small steps to independence
Early in the1920’s, it was also known as the “Jazz
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Racism encouraged solidarity, but blacks did not take one method to cope or end antiblack racism. White women enjoyed new opportunities and privileges and took more roles in the public eye. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham stated that “categories of analysis- race, gender, class and sexuality- are interrelated and overlapping”.Black women are also thought of as having certain class and sexual identities while white women allegedly possess a different class and sexual identity. In this era many black women and men migrated from the southern side of the country to the northern side. As they came they brought new music and literature with them, which was given the name the “Harlem Renaissance”(history.com). The Harlem Renaissance marked a time of black individualism and also a time of whereby a variety of characters whose uniqueness, originality, and creativity challenged and provoked the traditional incapability of white people to differentiate between black people (Clement Price). The acceptable role for an african american woman in the harlem renaissance was to be a salon hostess or an entertainer. Therefor black female writers and other non-hostess were either ignored or not given credit for any type of contribution to the renaissance. Even the number of black female writers, essayists, poets, novelists, and playwrights whose work was published, was marked as ‘not good enough”. Many female writings were characterized as romantic or tender. However, the numerous works by female writers of the Harlem Renaissance revealed truths about the time, people, and places that only the black woman could tell(vanderbilt). Despite the renaissance society’s picture of a women altogether depended on the divide between white and black women. Mainstream ads were made by whites and for whites and established traditional ideas with reference to white and black female’s roles. These ads would feature white woman

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