Women's Achievements In The 1920s

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The 1920’s was the decade for women’s advancement in Canada. More and more women were becoming socially active and coming together to create a stronger voice. They were becoming more independent and free despite of societal criticism. This decade made people change the perspective of women because of their exemplary achievements. The 1920s roared because the “roar” of “The Roaring Twenties” was defined by the development of women’s rights and prosperity that shaped the society of today. Rallying together to support a cause and women activism was at its peak during the 1920s. After soldiers came back from World War One, consumption of alcohol to deal with post traumatic disorder became very common. High crime rate, unemployment, domestic violence,…show more content…
One of the best accomplishments was the “Person’s Case” which was a fight to legally recognize women as “persons” since according to the “British North America Act” women were not. Emily Murphy along with four other women petitioned the Supreme Court of Canada but the court ruled that the word person meant only male persons. Disappointed yet determined they appealed this decision to the Privy Council in Britain and finally, women were officially considered “persons” in 1929. This was a huge milestone for women’s rights. At the same time as the Person’s Case, women’s suffrage movement was in full swing. Groups of dedicated women were fighting to gain the right to vote. By the end of the 1920s all women had already gained the right to vote in the federal election and also the provincial elections except for Quebec. Women’s achievements were seen in other fields as well. Emily Carr who painted about Canada’s natural beauty got recognized as one of Canada’s finest artists, Mary Pickford a Canadian woman became “America’s Sweetheart” by conquering Hollywood, The Edmonton Grads was declared the world champion in women’s basketball, Women athletes like Ethel Catherwood and Bobby Rosenfeld won gold medals for Canada in the Olympics in 1928. Many such accomplishments made women of the 1920s more respected and confident. It also helped to change the typical perspective of women in the eyes of the society. The 1920s was a…show more content…
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