Changing Roles of Women in the 1920's
Unit: Roaring Twenties
- Margaret Sanger’s letters from the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College, Northampton, MA: Box 2 Folder 5, Box 2 Folder 7, Box 2 Folder 9, flapper diary entry
- Compare 1920’s to 2003.
- Compare access to birth control in 2004 to 1920’s.
- Explain what Sanger’s goals were.
- Describe the typical day of a flapper.
- What qualities make up a flapper?
1. On the board compare lifestyles of the 1920’s to today. Include:
2. Introduce Margaret Sanger. Include:
- Her goals and visions for family limitations
- What she accomplished in the development of Planned Parenthood
3. Have the students break into four groups. Each group will be presented with a letter. As a group, decide:
- Why did this person write the letter to Margaret Sanger?
- What education do we have in health class today that alleviates the problems expressed in the letter?
4. Students will individually read a letter from a diary entry of a typical flapper. (worksheet)
- What aspects of the 1920’s do you wish were still around today?
- Read the next section in the chapter.
- The Margaret Sanger Papers from the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College
- The Margaret Sanger Papers Project at NYU
- "Birth Control and Eugenics: Uneasy Bedfellows"
New York State Standards:
- Social Studies Standard for United States History
- English Standard for reading
- Resource Guide: Lifestyle of the 1920’s