Flappers, and the new American woman : perceptions of women from 1918 through the 1920s

by Gourley, Catherine, 1950-

Format: Print Book 2008
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Northland Public Library Children's Nonfiction J 305.4 G74 v.2
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Nonfiction
Call Number  J 305.4 G74 v.2
Who was the flapper, and who was the New American Woman? They weren't specific individuals, but rather symbols that defined women in the early decades of the twentieth century. After the country had celebrated the end of World War I in 1918, the Flapper shocked society by flagrantly defying the traditional passive and gentile image of femininity. She danced the Charleston, doing so with bared knees, bobbed hair--and without a corset! the New American Woman also danced--though to a more sedate tune. She represented Mrs. Consumer, more aware of her decision-making ability and her purchasing power than her mother had ever been. and she was, for the first time ever, a fully enfranchised citizen who cast her vote in the polling booth. As the girls and women of the postwar decade asked themselves ''Who am I? Who do I want to become?'' the media of the times tried to influence their paths. Magazine advertisements showed them how to dress and how to look younger to please their husbands; books advised them on proper etiquette and how to be truly beautiful; and movies offered entree to exotic new worlds. Many, however, looked beyond the stereotypes, using their new-found power and abilities to open health clinics, fight for women's equal rights, and protest Jim Crow laws.
Prologue: Armistice Day, November 11, 1918
Modern girls and the media
Happy housewives and delicate women
Morals and manners
Beauty in the eye of the beholder
The backlash against modern times
Epilogue: Change and continuity and what comes next.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This fascinating overview of American women's lives during the 1920s covers far more than just the stereotypical images of glamorous, Jazz Age flappers. Gourley combines concise profiles of groundbreaking women, from Margaret Mead to Zelda Fitzgerald, with thoughtful, amply illustrated analysis of how women of the era were portrayed in the media and how those images influenced, or diverged from, women's actual lives. Later chapters investigate the lives of impoverished women and women of color as well as women who fought against social justice and change (including female Ku Klux Klan members). The lively text and images, which include archival photos and reproductions of ads, will easily engage readers with well-chosen facts, such as how sanitary napkins were developed. Source notes and further-reading suggestions conclude this valuable entry in the Images and Issues of Women in the Twentieth Century series.--Engberg, Gillian Copyright 2008 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Images and issues of women in the twentieth century ; v. 2.
Subjects Women -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Women -- United States -- Social conditions -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Women -- United States -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Nineteen twenties -- Juvenile literature.
Women -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Women -- United States -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Women -- United States -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Nineteen twenties.
Publisher Minneapolis, MN :Twenty-First Century Books,2008
Language English
Description 144 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 137-139) and index.
ISBN 9780822560609 (lib. bdg.)
0822560607 (lib. bdg.)
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