Flappers, fashion and femininity in the 1920's
The "Modern Girl" was a fixture of 1920s Canadian consumer culture. She had a short skirt and bobbed hair. She also had a penchant for smoking, drinking, dancing, and jazz.
You could find her image in art, film, fashion, and advertising. But she was also real, so you could see her walking down the street of many a town and city across the country.
Jane Nicholas is a professor of women's studies at Lakehead University. In her upcoming book, "Modern Girl" she argues that this image is key to the creation of what it meant to be modern and female in Canada.