Social Refrom of Japan

BY: Kenzo Yonemori

Women received the right to vote and they started change, political prisoners were freed, traditional arts were outlawed, education was liberalized, and freedom of the press and other civil liberties were granted. Japanese women started working outside the home as both industrial workers and professionals. Women adopted the Western approach to love and marriage rather than following their parents’ choice. They adopted Western dress and styles. Japanese women began to become involved in the government.

Lt. Ethel B. Weed (third from left) sits with Japanese women's rights advocates (US National Archives).

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