When the flappers became popular in the early 19th Century, it wasn’t until the mid-19th Century that the role was given to a woman – Emily Brontë. There was a big push for women to be seen as “part of society” before that – not even the Royal Air Force (still the top military force in the world right now) was thought of as “the men in the air”. So the flappers were seen as the women who belonged in the “real world”.
“There is still this sense of a real world being very different from our own. For some people there’s still this sense of rebellion – against authority,” Ms Daley said.
Image copyright AP Image caption Some social scientists believe this change has led to women being less involved in the workforce
Some of these women are now going back to school, and this has meant making up work and being a stay-at-home mother. “I don’t remember ever being in a job and still not taking responsibility for it,” Ms Daley said. “What made this so challenging is that when I was in New York I was working as a waitress and that wasn’t a career role for me.”
How would the women in the flapper era be able to do this?
“I think women have to be given more of a say in how it’s going to be paid,” Ms Daley said. “They need equal pay for equal work, just like in general work.”
And how would female flappers help to change society more generally?
“It shows that women can be ambitious about things that could have been taken for granted,” Ms Daley said. “This was something that was not just seen as a woman’s job. Now it’s seen as a woman’s role.”
Who were the flappers and why did they start?
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The flappers were not part of an established social group, but were very different from their predecessors
The flappers, as the nickname suggests, were part of a new wave of women, especially in the industrial and industrialised cities of the US, that started to form in the period between 1830 and 1860.
They were very different from the previous wave of women, which was mainly of working class British women of the 18th Century. They were young, fashionable, with short coats and trousers, and wearing very pretty, coloured dresses.
Why had the flapper changed
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