Undergarments and Hosiery
The revolution in women's garments began from the inside out as women discarded corsets in favor of the new brassieres. Bulky knickers and long drawers were replaced by more comfortable bloomers, which later evolved into panties as the decade progressed. Stockings, which had formerly been heavy black wool, were now beige in color and made of lightweight rayon and silk. Shorter hemlines which displayed the leg up to the knee led to the manufacture of patterned stockings with fancy embroidery, meant to be seen.
Sportswear and Bathing Suits
Women in the 1920s increasingly participated in active sports, and new types of sportswear were designed to better accommodate their needs. Lady golfers were outfitted in pleated, knee-length skirts, while tennis players wore slim-fitting, lightweight dresses. Women also adopted certain items of menswear for outdoor activities, such as plaid wool lumberjack shirts, knickers and Fair Isle sweaters. Women bathers snapped up the new form-fitting, stretch knit swimsuits, and several manufacturers who got their start at this time -- Catalina, Cole and Jantzen -- are still big names in today's swimwear industry.
There were not just one event, but many important ones that sparked the independence of women and with that, a modern era of societal values.
By the 1920's, post World War I occurrence open opportunities for young American women. For instance, The Flapper was a new fashion with some natural elegance. Women wore hats, waistless dresses a little bit above the knees, silk stockings and sleek fashion shoes.
Regarding labor, many work opportunities were created due to the industrial economy in factories, offices and new professions.
The 60's really catapulted feminism and a new set of values for women. The Federal Drug Administration approved the firts "Pill" for birth control(1960), President John F. Kennedy issued an executive order called "Commission on Status of Women"(1961), and the "Equal Pay Act"(1963).
In 1970, Title IX of Education Amendments prohibits discrimination in schools. In 1981, Sandra Day O'Connor was the first woman seated on the Supreme Court. In 1993, the Supreme Court rules that sexual harassment in the workplace was illegal.
And finally, in 2005, Condoleezza Rice was the first black woman Secretary of State, and in 2017, Hillary Rodham Clinton ran for the Presidency of the U.S.