The Progression Of The Role Of Women In America

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Through the prism of time, women’s position in America has changed, especially during the periods of 1890 to 1925. Not only did things change economically for them but also politically. Many assumptions made about the nature of women affected their position drastically. From the era of 1890 to 1925 contributed to a considerable adjustment in the statements about the nature of women and a significant improvement in the general position of women in America.

The development of the economy had changed drastically by the late 1800’s. Technology was forming and it was becoming big. In 1879 a man by the name of Thomas Edison invented a creation new to America, the light bulb. His invention brought people the scientific brake through, electricity. For the first time people didn’t have to work in the dark or by candlelight, they could now carry on their work past their normal hours. The light bulb gave American citizens 13 hours of light and there began the Edison Electric Company. Along with the light bulb came the sewing machine that changed the woman’s work force drastically. With the new technology came factories, sweatshops and garment workers. This took the women out of the household and into the workforce (Doc. E). The chore of housework had been eradicated to a vast extent by modern technology and electricity. Canned foods, bakeries, and laundries were broadly used by upper-class and middle-class Americans. Home economic courses provided women with the opportunity to become more resourceful managers within their homes. More women started graduating from colleges as more universities realized the potential women had. This allowed women to be more accepting in the workforce and expanded their businesses opportunities. Awareness of women’s place in the world had changed; women could now find “a place of distinction” and receive “commendation instead of condemnation." (Doc A) Benefits of technology and modern consumer culture came at a price for women. Technology took away some of the power they had in the home. Many upper-class and middle-class women "of leisure" in the thriving twenties still had little or no economic independence (Doc H). World War 1 finally gave women the opportunity to do nontraditional jobs like ship construction instead of the more domestic jobs they had been doing. Along with giving women the opportunity to do something different for a change, it also brought about some racial integration and temporary departure from segregated jobs because of the great demand for jobs during the war. The photo in Document G suggests that women’s economic position had changed and so did the perception of suitable jobs for women and a result women put aside their domestic duties to work for the war effort. It’s clear that by the end of World War 1 women still had a long way to go in the work force but they had made some major progress.

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