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

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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