The term, flapper, originated in London, England, before finally making it's way to the U.S. in the 1920's. This term can be used to describe young, single, women, who seem to be less hesitant sexually than others and who take risks often.
Many of these so-called “flappers” had steady jobs that occupy them during the day. However, they had taken an interest in going to parties almost every night and participating in activities such as smoking and drinking. The women also chose activities to please themselves not their fathers' or boyfriends'.
Flappers were extremely interested in experimenting with new clothing styles. These young women were not afraid to take risks and they started to wear less and less clothing.
The hemlines of their dresses rose to the knee or above and they wore high heels everywhere. This new "style" got a reaction from the people, as this was certainly not the standard way of dressing at the time. Women were expected to be "proper" by covering all parts of their body. However, flappers did not meet this expectation.
Flappers were well known for their “unmistakable” look. These women started to bind their breasts, as well as cut their hair to shoulder length. They were also seen as "brash" for wearing excessive makeup and unique headgear.
The word "flapper", is sometimes supposed to refer to a young bird flapping its wings while learning to fly. Flappers appeared to be more willing to take risks, which was very liberating compared to the silenced woman that Americans were used to seeing. However, many people thought that these women were acting like men.