After the womens' movement successfully gained womens sufferage  during the progressive era, they were able to enjoy their new rights in the 1920's.  Women now could own property, were considered to be people, and started working their way into the work force as well as getting involved in politics.  The "flapper" represents the modern, more outspoken and bold, woman, compared to the quiet, traditional woman of the Progressive era.

The Flapper represented the new attitude toward everyday life that women had, and how it affected women in general.  Women were in a mind frame of rebellious behavior, and started to break away from traditional behaviors and moral upbringings from the Victorian era.  They rebelled through cutting their hair short, wearing revealing clothing, drinking, smoking in public, etc.

The women's movement made quite a few gains during the 20's.  Women now could own property in their own name, whether they were married or not. On October 18th of 1929, the Canadian "Privy Court" ruled that women were indeed people, when in the beginning of the 19th century women were not actually considered to be people. 

Life was different for women in the 1920's compared to the Progressive era.  In the 20's, women started getting more opportunities in the work force, and started working jobs for minimum pay.  This helped women's lifestyles to change from the traditional ways of watching the kids and being a stay at home mother, as well as household chores.  New opportunities like these helped out single mothers in particular, as the divorce rate went up significantly in the 20's as well.