Modernist Religion
A new emphasis on material objects influenced religious practices during the 1920's. A more liberal Protestantism became the norm as churches began to move away form the literal interpretation of the bible. People began to believe that faith would help them live more fulfilling lives in the present world. Religious practices at home came to a lull. People rarely prayed at home and teaching children faith was was viewed as unimportant.

Professional Women
Well educated women was a more common occurrence in the 1920's then it had been in the past. Women began to take more professional careers. Women's accessibility to certain fields were still limited. Even though there were successful journalist, doctors, and lawyers that were women this was a rare phenomena. Most women took occupations that were considered to be feminine. Women in the work place was still small, statistically. In reality the majority did not work and remained home.

Changing Ideas of Motherhood
The idea of motherhood changed during the 1920's. A group of psychologist led by John B. Watson began to challenge that maternal affection alone was sufficient for child development. They told mothers to receive advice from professionals such as doctors, nurses, and trained educators. Mothers also had the thought to be more devoted toward a "companionate marriage". In which the wife was more involved in the husbands' social life. Women were also expected to care for there appearance. Another rise was the idea of birth control. Advocates of this movement were Margaret Sanger and Emma Goldman.

Pressing for Women's Rights
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Women in the 1920's pushed for thier rights but were meet with a large amount of resistance. The National Woman's party pushed for the Equal Rights Amendment. Women's most successful accomplishment was the passage of the Sheppard- Towner Act. It was ment to help mothers pay for their children's health care. The bill was controversial and was terminated in 1929. In reality, women's right to vote did not make any significant change to politics in the 1920's. Women vote distribution was much like the male vote, which resulted in very little change.

Educational and Youth
During the 1920's there was an increase emphasis on education for the youth. More children were attending high school and many would later go on to college. Schools function also changed they became a place for organized sports clubs

The Decline of the "Self-Made Man"
In the 1920's there was a decline in "self-made man". This was the effect of the increasing importance of education. The idea that a normal person could achieve success simply through hard work and talent was disappearing. Many men felt that their masculinity was taken way by this movement. Many turned to look Theodore Roosevelt as a role model for young man. Men also turned to fraternal societies and athletics.

A Survey: American History, 12th Edition by Alan Brinkely