Looking for a “New” Woman? Try this Blog Post Series!

Gibson girl typewriter ad

Part of a typewriter ad featuring a “Gibson Girl.” One of the many things a “new” woman could do—largely thanks to WWI—was to hold down an office job. While that may not seem like much today, such jobs were major stepping stones towards granting women societal independence. Source: Etsy page/Google Images

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!



About lupachi1927

My name's Megan, and I'm a writer with an interest in history. While I might not be a real historian, I'm a very thorough researcher. This blog is my place to post about all the interesting historical tidbits I find that can't use in the novel I'm working on, which takes place in Chicago in 1927. If you're looking for research help, writing feedback, or just want to say hi, feel free to drop me a line! :)
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3 Responses to Looking for a “New” Woman? Try this Blog Post Series!

  1. jazzfeathers says:

    Oh, goodness, thanbks so much for the shout out 🙂
    Well, the post stammed from my fascination with the Twenties. So many things we take for granted today actually made their first appearance during the Twenties, sometimes as anticipation of what would become commonplace decades later.
    It is indeed a fascinating periode 🙂


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