Question 1: 200-300 words
Between 1920 and 1945 women experienced a great deal of change both privately and publicly. What are some of the key goals of the women’s movement in this era? What kinds of political changes did women accomplish between 1920 and 1945, and, in particular, what kind of legislation was proposed? As part of your response to this question, consider the key women of this era with whom you identify. Who are these women? Think about the woman to whom you feel most connected. Why? Incorporate specific connections to the Unit 5 reading material as part of your response; include APA formatting (citations and references) to support your points.
Ideas about women and politics have changed greatly over time in American history, but not always in the way you may have expected. The 1920s was a time of great change politically for women in America. With the right to vote secured, women were presented with a myriad of new opportunities in the public sphere. Yet, politics were not the only focus of women. When discussing these topics, think about how interconnected the right to vote is with the right to work outside the home.
Question 2: Identify two political trends that slowed down progress toward equality for women in the 1920s. What kind of work saved the women's movement during these years?
Question 3: Rosie the Riveter is an important figure for women politically and socially. During WWII women began to experience meaningful changes associated with the expansion of women’s rights. This included more and more women leaving the domestic sphere and entering the working world.
View the Training Women for War Production video. After viewing the video, and considering the Dubois and Dumenil Through Women’s Eyes Unit 5 reading material, how did working women’s lives change during World War II? How did working affect their lives and the way they felt about themselves? To what extent were barriers based on race and sex broken down? To what extent did they remain intact?