During the late 1800's and the early 1900's, women were expected to center their lives on their home and their families. When World War 1 occurred, many women took jobs to help support their families while there husbands were fighting over seas. When the war ended many women did return to their old traditions.
The Flapper, were young woman with short skirts and rouged cheeks who had their hair be cropped close in a style known as a bob. They would smoke, drink, and danced without inhibition. Many of these young woman were independent and were represented as liberated american woman. Many women wanted control of their lives.
After the 19th amendment was passed, Women looked for ways to use their political rights to make an impact. Groups like the National American Women Suffrage Association, persuaded women to either run for office or fight for laws to protect women and children from work places. Many women won jobs in journalism, banking, legal and medical.