Women started to take jobs. Desperation drove the into the workforce. Many people felt that women should not have jobs, but the women's money helped them make more food, sew more clothes, and help out the house. The new deal era open doors for women in public life. President Roosevelt name the first woman ever to serve in the cabinet when he chose Francis peers to be secretary of labor.
During the 1930s the southern great plains suffered in an environmental disaster. This was known as the dust bowl. When the drought struck in 1931, crops died. Soil dried up and then blew away in the strong prairie windstorm. The drought and the storms continued for years, and they were known as Black blizzards.