The Great Gatsby What do you know about “being in the shoes” of women in the 1920s ? The 19th amendment gained women the right to vote. With more freedom came fashion/style with flappers, skirts, hats, hairstyles and many more styles or fashion that started a movement. Following the roles of women after the war the result were sexually liberated. In the 1920s women succeeded well but not without some struggles.
The Harlem Renaissance was a time period where women flourished, and got a chance to be noticed. The Harlem Renaissance impacted women’s rights in the 1920’s by allowing women to take a stand by allowing women to be able to vote, and live the lifestyle they dreamed of. In the 1920’s, women gained the right to vote, women no longer faced domesticity, political issues, social issues, or lacked control over their lives. Women became the faces of magazines, the voices on radios, embracing new fashion, freedom, and ideas. Women showcased their talents.
For women, part of their dream had come true since they got their right to vote in 1920s. This event increased their freedom and made them look for more rights. This era for them meant to dress freely, cut their hair as short as they liked and get free from the authority of their husbands. In this era we can see women in “primary colours, and hair bobbed in strange new ways” (The Great Gatsby, p. 27). In Great Gatsby we have Daisy who wants to get away from her husband, and Gatsby thinks if she gets her freedom from Tom they can go back to Louisville and get marry (p.70).
counterparts known as satchel purses, replaced clutches. The popularity of satchels increased during World War II, “when women needed to carry more things as they walked or rode public transportation to conserve gas for the war effort” . Beauty department during the 1930’s underwent a makeover. However, women still wore their hair cut nearly above their shoulders, now some dared to wear longer styles, inspired by glamorous Hollywood movie stars like Veronica Lake. Wavy hair was on of the most characteristic hairstyles of the decade – “women could freely wave their hair in many different ways: naturally, with the help of a variety of curlers, or with a professionally styled permanent” .
The Roaring Twenties, characterized as a progressive era toward changes and advances, it was a start for freedom and independence for women. Women gained political power by gaining the right to vote. They changed their traditional way to be, way to act and dress to gain respect, and the liberty of independence. Society had different ways of ideals and the ways women were willing to do were disapproved of, and it was wrong for lots of different people, including women from the older generation. In the 1920’s women went through a lot of changes that made them a free spirit, changes that made them what they are now and having the liberty of being independent.
These females were normally between the ages of 15 to 25. These young gals brought low skirt dresses, turtlenecks, and other silk clothing (Mitchell). The fashion was also descended, lovely, loose, and elegant (Cahill). The woman in this era did not just do them by themselves, they had role models and popularizers - like Daisy, Myrtle, and Jordan, had a male on their side. The Flappers, The Flappers.
The term flapper originated in Great Britain, where there was a short fad among young women to wear rubber galoshes (an overshoe worn in the rain or snow) left open to flap when they walked. The name stuck, and throughout the United States and Europe flapper was the name given to liberated young women. The 1920s were an age of dramatic social and political change. The nation's total wealth more than doubled between 1920 and 1929, and this economic growth swept many Americans into a prosperous but unfamiliar “consumer society.” Flappers were a generation of young Western women in the 1920s who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. The slang word "flapper," describing a young woman, is sometimes supposed to refer to a young bird flapping its wings
This poem makes sure to highlight how women felt and why they wanted to be flappers. Both the novel and the poem talk about flappers and have similar themes, plots, and symbols about women during the ‘20s. Similar to the novel, the poem has a strong message about women and how they were thought of. Both the novel and the poem show how women acted in order to get attention and to get men to notice them. In fact, early in the novel, Daisy believes that the best thing a woman can do is show off her feminine traits and be beautiful because after her daughter is born she says: “I’m glad it’s a girl.
One of the most well-known entertainers of the world, Beyoncé, is part of the best singers in the music industry. She is, somehow, considered to be a great example of the Feminist movements for showing off the talents of the femininity. The Feminist Movement started in the 1840’s, but it didn’t really expand until the 1960’s after Betty Friedan’s book The Feminine Mystique was published. In that book, Betty encourages women to change the way society view them as the ideal employment for them is to stay at home mom and wife voice their opinions and fight for equality of the sexes. Feminism, in fact, is groups that fight for women’s right and equality between the sexes.