In the year 1922, a young woman, Ellen Welles Page wrote in an article in Outlook Magazine, "We are the Younger Generation. The war tore away our spiritual foundations and challenged our faith. We are struggling to regain our equilibrium.Help us to put our knowledge to the best advantage. Work with us! That is the way! Outlets for this surplus knowledge and energy must be opened. Give us a helping hand."She considered herself to be what was referred to as a "flapper" and in the article she was asking parents, and older generations to consider giving these new young women a chance to prove themselves intelligent and worthwhile to American society.The flapper was criticized by the older generation because of her daring style, her outspoken and abrasive personality, and her defiance of the conventional feminine behavior of the past.But mostly, the flapper was only one of many illustrations of how America changed throughout the twenties.And women were not the only ones changing.America was becoming fast and loose in its politics, with its women, art, and education.The country was blossoming, creating a whole new identity and definition for itself through society, art and politics.
One of the most obvious changes in the decade of the twenties was the emergence of the "new woman."Women were changing their own roles in society.They were appearing more often outside of the home, they were dressing in shorter skirts and dresses, wearing make up, and using the term "sex appeal" to describe the look they desired.These women called themselves flappers.They drank, smoked cigarettes, flirted with and dated men, all things that the previous generations of Victorian women were appalled to see their daughters doing.The Catholics and Protestants were united in their disgust with this new woman, as well as most of the older generation.Older women banded together, f…