18th (banning alcohol) and 19th amendments (voting rights for women) were closely linked - women championed Prohibition that led to the 18th amendment; their growing political clout (and escalating need for women in WW1 effort) ultimately helped pass 19th amendment, a year later.
2. By aligning the Prohibition movement with the suffrage movement, women were able to drum up strong support for women’s right to vote. While the push for suffrage began in the middle of the 19th century, efforts surged forward during the 1910s, with the National Woman’s Party.
3. Before the passage of the 19th Amendment, many women tried to vote illegally, picketed in front of the White House, and went to jail for protesting. With World War 1, and recognizing he needed women for the war effort, Woodrow Wilson threw his support for women’s suffrage.
4. Throughout the 1920s, women made more political progress. Maria C. Brehm was the first woman candidate for vice-president when she ran on the Prohibition Party ticket in 1924. Before she died, Brehm predicted cigarettes would be the target of a future eradication campaign.
5. Women’s lives underwent drastic changes during Prohibition. While the men were away fighting in World War 1, women stepped into jobs, began earning 💰. Advertisers targeted women, empowering them to make their own buying decisions. The Roaring Twenties saw rise of consumerism.
6. Technology innovations designed to sell more products to women afforded women from different socioeconomic backgrounds the chance to advance their status, to make more decisions for the household. Cosmetics as a consumer good soared in popularity with waves of working women.
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