Women dating in the 1920s
– Ruth Bryan Owen during campaign to become Florida's first congresswoman, photograph by G.
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Many eras claim a "modern woman" for their time—the Gibson Girl and "New Woman" of the late 1800s, "true womanhood" of the mid-1800s, and, of course, the "flappers" of the 1920s.
Here we're not considering the rebellious young woman exploring new freedoms who came to personify the Twenties in later times (see Modern Youth).
Flappers rebelled against the restrictive and uncomfortable corsets and pantaloons that women wore under their Victorian Era dresses.
This period saw the large-scale development and use of automobiles, telephones, movies, radio, and electrical appliances being installed in the lives of thousands of Westerners. Nations saw rapid industrial and economic growth, accelerated consumer demand, and introduced significantly new changes in lifestyle and culture.She would dress modestly, wear her long hair pulled up in stern buns, marry early and devote her life to serving her husband and raising her children.Flappers discarded this lifestyle in favor of one in which women were not pigeonholed into a pre-determined life.The media focused on celebrities, especially sports heroes and movie stars, as cities rooted for their home teams and filled the new palatial cinemas and gigantic sports stadiums.In most major democratic states, women won the right to vote. The social and cultural features known as the Roaring Twenties began in leading metropolitan centers and spread widely in the aftermath of World War I.