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The period between the two world wars (1918-1939)was characterized by a broadening of the definition of women`s roles in the United States. In 1920 American women won the right to vote, building on this right, some now participated actively in politics. Increasing numbers of middle-class women joined their working-class contemporaries in the workplace, and a small but growing minority of them continued working after marriage. Divorce rates increased as work patterns and women`s expectations of marriage changed. While these trends continued throughout the interwar period, their momentum was slowed in its later years, as the prosperity of the 1920s abruptly ended. Many Americans responded to the economic crisis of the 1930s by reasserting traditional value that discouraged women from entering traditionally male occupations.