Social Concerns: 

The 1920s was all about a time of social rebellion. An icon of this time period for women were flappers, however, society wanted teachers to be a conservative role model for students so they were given lifestyle guidelines. Many teachers were to sign a contract with their school such as the one below. (30)

Teacher Contract 1923

Some of the requirements a female educator had to follow as seen above included:

  • Will not get married

  • Not to be out in town between the times of 8pm and 6am

  • Not to wear bright colors

  • Not to dye her hair

The Race Factor:

While common schools were accessible to “all students” regardless of gender or social class, common schools continued to be segregated unlike public schools today where segregation is illegal.