1920 – 1948 Confidence and Crises Jazz Age

Key Ideas

1. Women exercised their newfound political and economic opportunities, shaping American society and consumer culture.

2. Mass production and expanding media allowed women of diverse backgrounds to access new styles and activities that were dramatically different from those of their mothers’ generations.

3. Although the 1920s saw rapid change, marriage, motherhood, and domestic life remained the main focus for most women, regardless of background.

4. The Nineteenth Amendment marked the end of a period of intense – and often unified – social activism. While women continued to fight for social and political change, activists divided across issues.

Introduction