The Oppression Of Women In The 1920's

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Women of the 1920’s opened up a new and unpredictable path that no prior generation of females had yet experienced. Women were changing right before America’s eyes. From smoking to drinking to the dramatic shift in appearances, women’s morals were drastically evolving. Flappers, unconventional women of this decade, were the most noted piece of evidence that demonstrated the severe transformation from the old to the new. The first active defiance of the female gender of “the Twenties” was tightly rolled tobacco that was smoked through pure mouths. The 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, also led them to believe they were equal in all other aspect of life (Siegel 1). Throughout World War I, American Red Cross groups would…show more content…
Cigarettes became know as “devil’s toothpicks,” “coffin nails,” and “little white slavers” (Gourley 81). Groups formed to protest against cigarettes being legal. By chanting and waving picket signs, the Anti-Cigarette League of America became the most recognized assembly of straightedge citizens all fighting in the same interest to put smoking away for good (Gourley 80). Their concerns were that cigarettes would become a serious addiction and not just a passing craze. Thomas Edison, also in support of ending this whim, wrote a letter to Henry Ford explaining the dangers of smoking and ended it with, “I employ no person who smokes cigarettes” (Gourley 81). Also in strong belief of making smoking illegal was Henry Ford himself along with companies including Sears, Roebuck and Company, and Montgomery Ward (Use 9,000,000 Automobiles 1). Contrary to their beliefs, flappers thought it to be a “personal decision” which happened to be very pleasurable. Though that might have been true, smoking was simply an apparent image of rebellion (Hanson…show more content…
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