Social Change And Freedom Of Expression

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It is clear that the 1920s were years of social change and freedom of expression, mainly for women who had for so long endured the oppressive social injustice of not legally being able to vote or even make their own legal or financial decisions in their marriages. However, while the causations for this may be numerous, and social change was already an imperative on the horizon for Britain and the rest of the world, the ways in which women actively volunteered to participate in helping out their country, despite the gruesome and often times extremely dangerous conditions of the Western front, was indicative of the powerful force of women’s desire in the early twentieth century to prove that they were equally as brave, competent, and independent as the male war heros of the past. World War I was a call to action that women couldn’t ignore: they stepped up to serve their country on the battlefield and at home, where there was need, in places (such as driving ambulances) that proved that women were in every way equal to the abilities of men, and there would be nothing that could stand in their way to achieving equality in the upcoming decade. There may have been rumblings, from some places louder than others, of feminism and women’s suffrage in Victorian and Industrial England at the turn of the twentieth century, but they were for the most part muffled by the larger cultural landscape as a whole: a culture that was trying to hold onto the foundations of empire that were
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