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How did the new social trends of the 1920s challenge traditional attitudes?

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The 1920s immediately followed World War I. This time period was characterized by a prosperous economy in the United States. Because of the war, many women were required to enter the workforce. When men returned from war, women were not necessarily excited to go back to their traditional roles in the home.

One significant social change of this time period is the rise of visibility and rights for women. Women were granted the right to vote with the 19th Amendment in 1920. Job opportunities expanded for women, as did the number of women seeking higher education.

Both men and women became more aware of their interest in fashion. Women were wearing more revealing, glitzy clothing items. The term “flapper” comes from this time period and characterizes...

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