The Taber Business College- Women in the 20s





The Taber Business College Carleton Place 1928-1929 Phot0-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Women began to grow more independent in the 1920s.  This would change the role of womens lives on the 1920s.  The celibate settlement house worker was replaced as a female prototype by the jazz-crazed flapper dancing the Charleston in a speakeasy. Everything that had anything to do with consumption was in style. That included drinking, smoking, and sex – for women as well as men.” 

 In 1920 women composed 23.6% of the labour force.  During WWI  When men were at war the women took the place of men at their jobs. These jobs included:  Worked as conductors of trains or buses  Worked on farms  In engineering  In highly dangerous munitions Industries  There was a high demand of women to do heavy lifting such as unloading coal, stocking furnaces and building ships.  After WWI, more jobs came open for women. These jobs included:  Teacher, secretaries, typists, nurses, seamstresses  Even when men came back from war, women continued to stay in the workforce.

The 20’s were very colourful especially when new patterns were introduced. Designers included colour into every article of clothing from the stocking to shoes. Stockings actually became visible, they served a purpose to fashion, not just the opinion of society. Fashion became a career choice for women also. Classes were also available for women and girls to take on how to learn to make clothes. It was a way for women to make some cash while their husbands were away at war.

Although the 20’s were viewed as the “golden years” many people did not have money and dressmaking was a way that women could have the latest fashion without spending an immense amount of money. Although fashion helped women play a part in society and increased the vibrancy of the era, it was highly rejected by the public, mainly male population and older generation, it was sought out to be racy and a disgrace to American society

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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