Women in the Victorian Era People do not often talk about women before the 20th century. There are sometimes names thrown around of influential women, but women from the Victorian era are made to seem like they were either in the background with not much to them, or they had to be someone incredible to be taken seriously. However, women during these times were experiencing their fair share of hardships and were more complex than people have been lead to believe. Women in the Victorian Era had to deal with their society’s roles that they were given, how they were treated due to their social classes, the world of prostitution, and the never ending cycle of menstruation. All of these things made the women of this time more respectable than people
However, this power changed women’s behaviors totally. They started drinking, smoking and dancing. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, the different characteristics of new women are presented through Daisy Buchanan, Jordan Baker and Myrtle Wilson. They are all different versions of the New Woman. Fitzgerald presents quite contrasting roles for women in The Great Gatsby in 1920, creating distinct challenges between new woman and traditional woman.
These powerful leaders influenced women to become increasingly independent through the decades. Many people, groups, and ideas not only altered the image of women and what defined feminism, but what women could do in society, and what women could dream of doing. The appearance, actions, and ambition of women through the 1950’s and 1960’s was influenced by many people and ideas. Throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s women’s appearance changed. From onscreen to the city streets, there was often a difference between outside image and inner reality.
The fashion of the 1920’s has tremendously changed the outlook of how women wanted to be perceived . This important decade has greatly influenced our fashion today. Before the roaring twenties hit , women had to deal with not having the same rights as men , and were often told what and what not to wear . Women had to fight the system to expand their given rights and also stood up for how they wanted to express themselves . There are a lot of articles that provide background information proving that women weren 't allowed to wear certain things nor do .
Women lacked rights and that prevented them from doing certain things to limitations and those limitations were holding the women back. The idea of feminism was considered as an irrational thought in the early 19th century. The idea spread as people started to realize the idea of women being looked upon on. Although the evolution
The event that really kick started the movement was in 1903 when Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughter founded the Women’s Social and Political Union, also known as the WSPU (“The Women’s Suffrage Movement”). With this, many other groups started to form and branched out throughout the whole country. At this time women in America were going against ‘The Cult of True Womanhood’, which was the idea that you were a “true” woman only if you were a helpful wife, did chores around the house and other family related things (“The Fight for Women’s Suffrage”). Lastly, with different groups forming and women going against ‘The Cult of True Womanhood’, it put together a new outlook of what it meant to be a woman in the United
Susan B. Anthony was a great leader during the Women’s Rights Movement, and she was a role model to all women that she encountered. Susan B. Anthony was an effective leader that many people followed including more women followers, leaving an impact on these people’s lives. Susan B. Anthony was a suffragist, abolitionist, author, lecturer, public speaker and a dedicated writer; during the time in history, women could not have a say in politics or legal matters. Although, Anthony did become the president of the National American Women Suffrage Association. Anthony was the type of leader that everyone wanted to follow in her footsteps.
The Enlightenment in the eighteenth century was a time for people to recognize their individualism. Women during this time started to challenge these ideas and began to doubt their place they held in their society. Many women during the enlightenment would help promote the careers of the philosophers by holding salons. Such as Claudine de Tencin who held salons that gave the philosophies access to useful social and political contacts and a place to circulate their ideas. Despite the help from women these philosophies were not committed to advocating equality for women.
During the time, employment of women were highly demanded as men were sent to fight in the war, there were many opportunities for career option. Some women took over the man’s career, variety of women’s roles occurred. However, as the World War came to the end, the phenomena of women working outside the house gradually reduced and again women were portrayed traditionally. Work clothes for women had dominated the women’s fashion in World War I, the change to more practical clothing was fast in pace, many midi skirts and looser waisted clothing had been worn by stylish young women (Mason, 2014). This occurrence can be assumed as women that time have more power in conducting their fashion, or clothes are more demanding as women needed to wear it to work.
Their education consisted on learning practical skills such as sewing, cooking, and using the new domestic inventions of the era; unfortunately, this “formal training offered women little advantage in the struggle for stable work at a liveable wage” (1). Their role in society was believed to be that of wife and mother but our mind was changing. Women started to fight for some rights such as the access to the labour force during World War I, the improvement in education allowing women to attend university, and the equality within the marriage, in order to avoid subordination of women. Probably their greatest achievement was the access to the electoral process in the United States of America. Earning the right to vote meant a recognition of women power and intelligence, as well as their ability to participate in politics.