In what parts of life did women still struggle to receive equality in the 1920s?

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mkoren | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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Women struggled to achieve equality in certain areas in the 1920s. Some of these struggles still exist today.

One area where inequality was evident was in the workplace. Women were expected to do traditional jobs such as nurses, secretaries, teachers, maids, and cooks. They were often passed over for job promotions. They were not paid as much as men.

The role of how women should be perceived in society was another area where women struggled for equality. Women were expected to stay home, take care of the kids, and handle the household chores. They were expected to keep their thoughts to themselves, especially regarding political issues. Women were expected to dress modestly and conservatively. When women tried to break out of these stereotypical roles, they often faced a lot of resistance. Changing perceptions is hard to do.

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vnessawong21 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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During the 1920's women struggled to receive equality in many aspects of their lives. One of the most significant aspects was in the workforce. Woman were almost always paid less than men even though they worked for the same period of time and just as hard. This was because the universal view that women were inferior both mentally and physically was quite strong back then. Another aspect women struggled to receive equality in was literature. Female authors were often ridiculed and not recognized in the world of literature which was dominated by men. To attain the recognition they deserved female authors often used a male pen name to publish their works. 

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