The Roaring Twenties

The First World War was over and done with, so the decade of 1920s was basically the perfect excuse for people to get their partying on, celebrate and drown their sorrows in alcohol and forget all about the dreadful memories from the war. Jazz music and swing became very popular during this decade and the Prohibition Act tried to curb alcohol consumption to no avail. Al Capone, along with other mobsters had made sure of that.

The Roaring TwentiesInterestingly enough, the decade of the 1920s is a turning point in history for the situation with women. While men had been sent away to fight in the war, women had to stay behind and played a major role for upholding society and ensuring the normal functioning of key places be possible. As such, women took jobs at hospitals, schools and everything possible, from driving ambulances and buses to teaching etc. In other words, women had to take over jobs that had traditionally been done by men. This way, it was women who started taking care and supporting their families while their husbands were away at war (instead of their eldest son). Finally, women started to get the rights they had been fighting for acknowledged. By 1928 all women (and men) over the age of 21 were able to exercise the right of suffrage. Also they were granted access to all universities in the US. Had it not been for the war, women would perhaps have had to wait a bit longer.

During war times, women had to dress practically due to the many different tasks and jobs they took. This paved the way for women to be able to start wearing pants without being too terribly frowned upon by society’s members.
After the Wall Street crash, the American economy started blooming again and surpassed that of Britain.