The 1920’s was a decade that ranged from basic traditional morals to

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The 1920’s was a decade that ranged from basic, traditional morals to new and ultramodern values. While some traditional aspects still ruled at this time, many drastic changes were made that define society today. The most significant change of the era was the success in women’s power, as they gained more rights and broke out of society’s standards by venturing into new jobs and dressing in a rebellious way (Doc. 1). Additionally, The John Scopes trial was a crucial event that gave rise to the question of whether church and state should be separated for education. The prohibition movement even changed the power women had in politics as well as the rates of employment (Doc 7.) Although the 1920s still had traditional values within the government and its morals, ultimately it changed women’s political and social lives, led to the modern debate of the separation of church and state, and changed the way alcohol was viewed. The most representative and powerful change of the 1920s was in none other than women’s lives. The broad span of changes, from jobs to clothing, were so effective that they have lasted until today. Middle class women went from restrictive jobs, such as clerks or nurses, to much more powerful occupations such as writers, advertisers, and shop owners (Doc. 2). Their new clothes were revealing and contrasted greatly from any other style before them, especially compared to their Victorian parents (Doc. 1). Unlike the previous generation, they also drove more often, leading them to more gradual independence. While marrying was still common, more women continued to migrate to colleges all over the country in order to get an education. Women still hold the same values today. As the prohibition movement progressed, so did women’s rights in politics. For example, the idea of “wet or dry” became a debate of whether the average voter was on the man or woman’s side (Doc. 8). This helped them gain a strong voice, and as a result they earned the right to vote just a year after prohibition. Women in the 1920s were a driving force that helped them get to where women today are now.