Many things women wear today first came from fashion in the 1920's.

The more positive influences of Shintoism were weakened by the samurai culture and spread of Confucianism and Buddhism in Japan. Yet, in the Heian era (950-1050 C.E.) women still held relative equity in marriage, education, and property rights. Gender difference in this period favored literate women who were free to write in the expressive, popular vernacular language, while men most often wrote in the more formal, inaccessible, classical Chinese. Both the independence and the gender limits of women of the pampered elite are wonderfully illustrated in the lively, gossipy writings of , Sei Shogonon, and other Heian female writers.

Flappers were identified as a “’new breed’ of young Western women in the 1920s” (“Flapper.” 1).

1925. This brief newsreel takes a witty view of college women's track and field competition and other outdoor activities, suggesting that the reply to its title question is "No, but." No, they're not too strenuous for today's young woman—but the women lose a certain "gracefulness" as they expand their athletic pursuits. Still, the footage and intertitles suggest a "go, girl!" encouragement of the women's modern spirit. (While the newsreel presents British college women, it reflects attitudes widely held in the U.S.) (3:08)

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Women before the 1920's were very different from the women of the Roarin' 20's.

Protestants were a driving force behind the Progressive Party and the Progressive era, they are an example of a religion in support of women’s suffrage.

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The beginning of the fight for women’s suffrage in the United States, which predates entry into Congress by nearly 70 years, grew out of a larger women’s rights movement. That reform effort evolved during the 19th century, initially emphasizing a broad spectrum of goals before focusing solely on securing the franchise for women. Women’s suffrage leaders, moreover, often disagreed about the tactics and whether to prioritize federal or state reforms. Ultimately, the suffrage movement provided political training for some of the early women pioneers in Congress, but its internal divisions foreshadowed the persistent disagreements among women in Congress and among women’s rights activists after the passage of the 19th Amendment.

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By the late nineteenth, early twentieth centuries, serious challenges to accepted beliefs about gender were mounted in both Japan and China. Although concerns about women’s position had been expressed earlier, the concept of women’s liberation became a major motivating force within the era’s nationalist, reform, and revolution movements. Male nationalists initiated the discussion by arguing that an improvement in the status of women was essential to their country’s acceptance by other technologically advanced nations. A core of educated women in both Japan and China joined the call by speaking and writing in public for the first time. Conservative nationalists and traditionalists in Japan and China at different times reacted by mounting long campaigns against any change in gender roles. Ultimately female activists were labeled unseemly, unfeminine, and too western.

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In the 20’s after the first world war women’s roles in society began to change, primarily because they started becoming more independent – both in their dress and action.