The 19th Amendment, ratified in 1920, finally enfranchised American women. In the early 1920s, many women had well-paying jobs and more freedom than ever before. However, the Wall Street Crash of 1929 brought the Great Depression, making life extremely hard for working women, wives, and mothers. The Great Depression concentrates on key areas of women's lives, such as their role in the family and in the workplace. It traces the growing role of women in politics after they gained the right to vote in 1920 and describes the part some women played in advancing learning, science, sports, and the arts.
Full-color photographs and illustrations. Glossary. Chronology. Further reading. Index.
About the Author(s)
Jane Bingham worked in publishing for 13 years before becoming a full-time writer in 2001 and has since written more than 100 titles, most of them on history and social issues. She was editor and coauthor for the Usborne World History Encyclopedia, and has written titles for series on key events in history, 20th-century lives, world art and culture, and great women leaders. A major contributor to the Marshall Cavendish Encyclopedia of the Medieval World, she is also an author in two other Chelsea House series, A History of Fashion and Costume and Costume Around the World.