The New Woman Of The 1920's

The 1920's were a time of great improvment for women. Changes were coming. They began to have more social and political freedom. Dating was now "normal", and women could vote and hold office. Also, women's education was taken to a higher level. More women went to school, and even more went to college. New jobs were also avalible to women, such as acting, lawyers, managing buisnesses, and more. Women were beginning to take their role to a whole new level in society, and it began in the Roaring 20's.


Hair and Makeup:
The women of the 1920’s were nothing like the generation before them. They were full of ambition, ready to party, and ready for a change. One of the biggest changes of the 1920’s was how women wore their hair and makeup.


In the 1920’s, women were exposed to new hairstyles and makeup. This was extremely different from the women before them, who wore their hair so long, that it was inconvenient and unpractical, and barely wore any makeup whatsoever. Women wore introduced to ultra short hairstyles by movie stars like Louise Brooks, who wore a boyish haircut. The most popular of these haircuts was the “bob.”This haircut was cut from anywhere between the chin and ear. Bangs were also at its peak during the 1920’s. Some women wore bangs straight across their forehead, and some swept their bangs off to the side. Many women also liked to fool around with the shape of their hair, by making “s” shaped waves without using an iron, and using special product. Besides changing the look of their hair, women also were introduced to more convenient makeup. You could see more information here at:

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1920’s women loved a change, and for them new makeup was a huge excitement. At first makeup was at its earliest form, but it later developed until it was portable. Some women wore makeup before the 1920’s but they hid it from their husbands who disapproved of makeup. Later on however, women applied lipstick in public, and it was a “must have” accessory. Lipsticks were available in blood red, until they came out with more colors like a deeper red, brownish red, plum, and orange. All of these colors became popular in the 1920’s. Lipstick was applied in a “cupids bow” shape. This was an exaggerated sweetheart shape on the upper lip, and the width of the lip was de-emphasized. Just like lipstick, the colors for rouge were very limited. Colors for rouge included raspberry, rose and orange. Women also were plenty of cream or ivory colored face powder. It was popular to have red lips, a pale face, and exaggerated eyebrows. Women’s eyebrows were ultra thin, black, and sloped downwards. To make them stand out even more, women colored them with a pencil. The 1920’s was full of change for women, and they were ready to stand out with their new, short hairstyles, and extravagant makeup. Theres more information on

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By: Nikki Siberman

Amelia Earhart
By: Sam Kirsch

Amelia Mary Earhart was born July 24, 1897 in the town of Atchison, Kansas. She was always a tomboy, and since her first flying stunt-show, she wanted to be a pilot. But, she always faced two major problems… money and challenging prejudges. She was a woman, and back then, being a pilot was not considered a woman’s job. But that did not stop her. She did tomboyish things her whole life, such as climb trees, jump onto her sled to go downhill, and she hunted rats with her .22 rifle. Also, she kept a scrapbook of women she admired; who succeeded at male dominated fields, including film direction and production, law, advertising, management, and mechanical engineering.

Before she was a pilot, she went to college at Columbia University and worked as a nurse’s aide and a social worker. Eventually, she began to take flying lessons; she saved enough to buy her first small, two person plane, the Canary. In the Canary, she set her first world record by being the first woman to rise above an altitude of 14,000 feet. In April, 1928, she received the phone call that would change her life. The exact message, "How would you like to be the first woman to fly the Atlantic?" was given to her and she happily accepted. Her and her team, which consisted of join pilot Wilmer "Bill" Stultz and co-pilot/mechanic Louis E. "Slim" Gordon. Together, in a total of 21 hours, the team left Trepassey Harbor in Newfoundland and arrived in Burry Port, Wales. Their plane was called Friendship. Their flight was celebrated nationwide, and a party at the White House with president, Calvin Coolidge.

Earhart continued to fly in small races and flights. But other parts of her life began to change. On February 7, 1931, Earhart married book publisher George Putnam. Together, they planned for Earhart to be the first woman and second person to fly solo across the Atlantic. After achieving this goal, she continued to defeat many records. In 1937, Earhart set her heart on another goal. She sought to be the first woman to fly all the way around the globe. During this last and fatal flight, her plane was lost. The US spent four million dollars in a search effort for her, but came up empty. To this day it is still unknown as to what happened. But to this day and hopefully in the future, Earhart is remembered as a strong, brave and courageous woman who showed the world that women could do anything that men could do, and do it just as well. Click here for more information about Amelia.

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Fashion's of the 1920's

By: Maddy Dennis

The 1920’s was a time of change and new ideas. Women style had changed and they wanted to be different. They wanted a happy era after the World War, women just wanted to party and have fun.
During the 1920’s, fashion became more important to The New Woman. Many styles changed and the flapper girl was born. A flapper is a girl who wore a short dress with an interesting pattern, high heels and a lot of make-up. They bobbed their hair and were the “it girls” of this time. They were not afraid to smoke or drink in public. This period redefined the definition of a new woman. In the 1920’s women began to wear more accessories that they coordinated with their outfits. Shoes and stockings were worn to accentuate ladies outfits and had some color. At night women would get dressed up in short black dresses, high heels and a lot of jewelry. Some wore headbands with feathers sticking out, that was the essential hairpiece of flappers and these women looked like movie stars. They would go to clubs and dance the night away. Women would forget about all their problems and just enjoy the night. For more information go to

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In the day time most women wore pantsuits, hats and canes for a sleeker look. They wanted to look professional because The New Woman of the 1920’s had a job. Some of them worked in factories were nurses or typists. Women thought it was important to look and be the part of a working woman. Fashion of the 1920’s was a way for women to express themselves. Most of the fashions of the 1920’s were inspired by the architecture and transportation of this time. Clothing became more of a form of art then just outfits. Women felt free and alive being able to choose what they could wear. Women felt a sense of freedom being able to pick and choose what they wanted to wear. They said goodbye to corsets and hello to bra’s, this was also considered a sense of “freedom.” The Women of the 1920’s changed fashion for everyone and future women for the better.

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New Careers-Marissa Gelfand

Since women of the 1920s were changing so much, their careers were changing with them. More and more women were graduating from college which got them much better jobs. College graduates got became teachers, librarians, doctors, nurses and journalists/typists. College women fit into the flapper image. They were fun loving, enticing, educated and working towards change. These women w
An actress in the 1920s. Dressed like a flapper.
An actress in the 1920s. Dressed like a flapper.
ere middle or upper class citizens. The richest women in the 1920s became actresses. They were wealthy and very lucky to get a job as an actress. These careers were so different then what women had been doing before this time. Women used to stay home, cooking and cleaning for their husbands and children. The change was tough for their families, but everyone benefited in the end. Aside from the college graduatesexternal image typist.jpg were the lower class women. They did not graduate from college therefore they did not have good jobs. These women became factory workers, secretaries, store managers, clerks and cashiers. These women had been working since they were younger in the same situations so they hadn’t gone through such a dramatic change like the more educated women had. To read more about womens' careers in the 1920s click on either of the clicks below.

Clara Gordon Bow (July 29th, 1905- September 27th, 1965)
By Clara Prish

Bow was an American actress. She was born and raised in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn whose fame rose in the 1920s during the silent film era. She originally grew up with nothing. Her family was poor and because she wore old ragged clothes, none of the kids wanted to play with her. However, Bow’s high spirits and acting artistry made her a quintessential flapper. The film "It" created global fame for her. She appeared in forty-six silent films and eleven talkies, including, Mantrap(1926) and Wings(1927). At stardom climax, January 1926, she received more than 45,000 fan letters. She was the first box office draw in 1929, and second in 1927 and 1930. Bow's nickname was the "It Girl" because of the famous silent film she stared in called 'It' and because she became such a famous sensation. As you can see, Bow became a huge hit. In fact, at the peek of her career she was the highest paid performer.
Bow ended her career with Hoop-La (1933), and then became a rancher in Nevada. After her career, Bow got married to actor and politician Rex Bell. She gave birth to two sons. Bow got tremendous honors for her contribution to the motion picture industry, such as, she was given a star on the Hollywood Hall of Fame. Also in 1994, she was honored with an image on a United States postage stamp designed by Al Hirschfeld. Bow was active from 1922-1933. Clara Bow ended up dying at the age of sixty on September 27th, 1965 in west Los Angeles, California, U.S. She lived a very successful life and became very well-know even to this day.


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Book- Stenn, David. Clara Bow: Runnin' Wild. New York: Doubleday, 1988. Print.

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To get an idea of Wings, click on the following link: Wings (1927) - IMDb
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