In the 1920’s you had women who were considered the “new women”, or the “ modern women”. “The “new women”, included flappers, embraced new fashion, embraced freedom, and challenged the old ways of the modern women.”(Mckay, Nellie). The “modern women”, believed that partying , smoking, and disobeying your husband was horrifying, and unacceptable. Women were impacted by the Harlem Renaissance, because they were produced with the idea of mass advertising. With mass advertising women were able to be the voices on radios, the faces on magazines, and the author of books.
The 1920s was new start for women. Not only did they obtain the right to vote, but contraception was becoming popularized. Women were becoming more progressive not only with their ideas, but with their fashion as well. They began to lose the drab and conservative clothing of the older times, and began to reach for the new and more revealing clothing. When most people think of the 1920s many think of flappers and how they help revolutionize women to who were are today.
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.
In the 1920s, the entire culture of The United States was changing as women gained more rights and black jazz came into popularity. Along with this culture shift, language changed as well. As the 1920s grew, more women’s rights had come into popular culture,“The movement of the ‘liberated woman’ had an immense influence on the country’s language” (Bulletin).
The Roaring Twenties affected the daily lives of Americans and their traditions. Social and cultural changes swept over the United States. Women became bolder and started acting more pronounced, while Prohibition attempted to ban alcohol. Writer and artists also began creating a different style. Flappers of the Roaring Twenties were basically just women rebelling against society.
From the right to vote to having new personal freedoms, the 20’s were a time of the “new women.” This “new woman” was also considered the “flapper.” In Joshua Zeitz book, “Flapper,” this term was “the notorious character type who bobbed her hair, smoked cigarettes, drank gin, sported short skirts, and passed her evenings in steamy jazz clubs, where she danced in a shockingly immodest fashion with a revolving cast of male suitors” (Zeitz, 6). Women who chose to take on this new style, adopted new fashions, personal freedoms, and challenged the traditional housewife role of women. With the flappers’ new rebellious lifestyle being introduced, women slowly gained the rights and some of the same freedoms as men. Significant changes for
Many Americans were uncomfortable with this new, urban, sometimes racy mass culture in fact, for many–even most–people in the United States, the 1920s brought more conflict than celebration. However, for a small handful of young people in the nation’s big cities, the 1920s were roaring indeed.'' Before the war, girls were expected to behave modestly and wear long dresses. When they went out, they had to be accompanied by an older woman or a married woman. It was totally unacceptable for a woman to smoke in public.
An example of social transformation during this decade can be clearly seen in the radical change of the appearance and behavior of women. Before the twenties, women were arrested for dressing immodestly and for smoking and drinking. During this span of rebelliousness, women displayed their new privilege of drinking and smoking by doing so in public. Women also went from long flowing hair to short bob haircuts, modest attire to short-length clothes, and a low profile while having a jolly time to making themselves noticed by dancing in a loud expressive way. Women of this new trend were labeled with the title widely known as “flappers” (Keesee 474).
The importance of reading The Great Gatsby is shown through how the women were treated in the 1920s through their status of the women caring about wealth and acceptance, and how the women use their beauty as an advantage in order to live a better life, and their unique personalities and attitudes of the women reflect and construct the American Dream. All ranks of social status are read in the novel from the women in the novel, there is a gap of wealth and acceptance. How their differences creates hope within citizens of Americans that the dream is possible. How Daisy was born into a wealthy family and her status represents the goal of the American Dream that everyone wants to achieve. This also interpret the American dream by not working hard for it, and how Daisy is lucky to be born into a wealthy family and she did not have to do the hard work.
Women at this time had many advantages, they were becoming free. Now they were able to vote which was a good turning point for them. Birth control was becoming more available for them as well, which meant fewer children. Although women had many rights in the 1920s many were identified as a sexual icon, the “flapper”. Flappers were described as outspoken, unladylike, free spirited, females.