Women in the 1920s

Women in the 1920s

by Pamela Horn
     
 

For many women the 1920s was a time of change after the pressures - and opportunities - of the First World War. For a number, war casualties meant a life of spinsterhood, which some turned to good account by enjoying their new independence. The current fashions, with their close-fitting dresses, cloche hats and cropped hair, emphasised this spirit of female

Overview

For many women the 1920s was a time of change after the pressures - and opportunities - of the First World War. For a number, war casualties meant a life of spinsterhood, which some turned to good account by enjoying their new independence. The current fashions, with their close-fitting dresses, cloche hats and cropped hair, emphasised this spirit of female emancipation, but it was 1918 before the vote was granted to women (and then only to those aged thirty or more) while the unemployment and uncertainty of the peacetime world brought unforeseen problems.

This book examines how women responded to the new challenges and the difficulties of those years, from the revival of the round of high society by the social élite, against a background of sometimes vast personal and financial losses, to the lives of the new middle-class professionals, who found social as well as domestic freedom, and working-class women employed in the still traditional milieu of factory and domestic service - as well as those who found their way on to the shop or restaurant floor. Home life, the bringing up of children, and attitudes to family planning, are other topics under review, as are the widening leisure and political activities which some women could now afford.

Drawing on family papers, contemporary publications and archive research, this book, complemented by a wealth of photographs, cartoons and other illustrations, presents a vivid picture of what women's lives were like during the period. It will appeal to students of women's history, social historians and to those with a general interest in the subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848688117
Publisher:
Amberley Publishing
Publication date:
03/23/2011
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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