To what extent was the 1920s a turning point in the advancement of civil rights for women in the period 1865-1992? In assessing the hypothesis presented in the question, it is important to evaluate the position of women before and after the 1920s in terms of three aspects: political, social, and economical. Socially, women’s positions improved to a certain extent in 1865. Before the Civil War, women had already been starting to get more and more active as a result of increase in religious enthusiasm (which was the direct cause of their later promotion of temperance), the movement to support the abolition of slavery, and the development of a movement for women’s suffrage. There is a strong relationship between the social concerns that the women took interest in and organised themselves to promote, and the wider political issue of suffrage.