The 1920's was a time of transition and change for Americans. Notably, the women of the era achieved a level of independence of never before and defied traditional roles.
• The 19th Amendment to the Constitution is ratified, giving women the right to vote.
• The first commercial radio broadcast is transmitted.
• The League of Nations is established by the United States and other world leaders.
Equal Rights Amendment
(ERA) is first introduced to Congress. It states, “Men and women shall have equal rights throughout the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction.”
• In Wyoming, Nellie Tayloe Ross becomes the first woman elected as a governor in the United States.
• The World Exposition of Women’s Progress (the first women’s world’s fair) opens in Chicago.
The Jazz Singer,
the first movie with sound, is released.
• Women compete for the first time in Olympic field events.
• The stock market crashes, marking the beginning of the Great Depression.
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