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The 1920s and the rise of the ‘New Woman’ in America

– Monday, February 24, 2014 12:00AM

Lorenzo Cultural Center explores how the role of women changed during the decade

In the 1920s, American women were on a journey toward political power and economic liberation that continues to this day. The right to vote was finally available nationwide, and groups such as the League of Women Voters and the Woman's Christian Temperance Union organized women into a powerful political force.  Advances such as new home appliances, canned foods and ready-made clothing helped liberate women from the drudgery of housework, and young women were given the opportunity to enter the white-collar workforce in large numbers.

Two free presentations at the Lorenzo Cultural Center in Clinton Township will explore how the 1920s changed American women – and through them, the country as a whole – and laid the groundwork for decades of social change:

  • Michigan Women of the 1920s, Feb. 26, 11 a.m.: Emily Fijol, assistant director of the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame, introduces some of the impressive women from Michigan’s history. Fijol also will describe the impact of women being elected to office for the first time and how women helped gain advances in education, sanitation and public welfare.
  • The Flapper, the Feminist, the New (and True) Woman: Struggle and Progress After the Vote was Won, March 16, 2 p.m.: Katherine H. Adams, Hutchinson Distinguished Professor and chair of the English Department at Loyola University, New Orleans, looks at women’s organizations, legal battles, education and participation in changing social expectations as women made their mark on American history long after the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, was ratified.

The presentations are part of the Lorenzo Cultural Center’s program series, The Roaring Twenties: From Riches to Rags, which continues through May 4. The program series offers nearly 40 free events, including presentations from local and national experts and authors, as well as exhibits and video showings.  A complete schedule of events is available here.

 All presentations are free but require preregistration at or by calling 586.445.7348.

The Lorenzo Cultural Center is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday -Saturday and 1- 4 p.m. Sundays. School and group tours are available.  

About The Lorenzo Cultural Center

The Lorenzo Cultural Center ( explores the influences and experiences that shape our community's heritage, examining topics from a variety of perspectives and creating interactive opportunities for learning, celebration and entertainment. Located on Macomb Community College's Center Campus, Hall and Garfield roads in Clinton Township, the cultural center is adjacent to the Macomb Center for Performing Arts.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities. 

Media Contact: James Melton, 586.445.7271;