Flappers were young, mostly middle-class women in the 1920s who rebelled against earlier images of women.
They abandoned the long skirts, layers of petticoats, and tight corsets that had greatly restricted women’s movement during the 1800s and early 1900s.
Instead, they wore short, above-the-knee skirts or even knickers (knee-length pants). Many cut off their longhair in favor of a short, easy-to-care-for “bob.”
Their behavior was equally defiant: They smoked in public, just like men; they drove their own cars; and they kicked up their heels to dance, not the staid waltz, but the lively Charleston.
Flappers were not content to sit quietly at home; they wanted to be out in the world having a good time.