Interested in woman’s changing roles during the 1920s? Then check out my friend Sarah’s series on the “New Woman” over at her blog, The Old Shelter. Her first post in her new series describes the rise of the “New Woman” from the Gibson Girl in the early to mid 1900s, through the redefinition of family, and the rise of youth culture in the 1920s. Widespread social changes not only led to smaller families, but ones where children were encouraged to be individuals and follow their own passions. Such encouragement led not only to the creation of teenage youth culture as we know it (an extension, as it were, of the middle class Victorian’s creation of childhood as we recognize it today), but the rise of the flapper among young women in the 1920s.
Sarah’s post is interesting, well-written, and heavily researched. It’s obvious she put a lot of time into it—plus it has tons of great pictures, too! It’s definitely worth a look. You can check out the first post in the series here. Check back with her blog to catch the rest of the series in the next couple of weeks!