“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.
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 most familiar symbol of the “Roaring Twenties” is probably the flapper: a young woman with bobbed hair and short skirts who drank, smoked and said what might be
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, 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.
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.
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.
The views of the society in the book reflect the ideas of conservatives who felt that maintaining traditional roles for women was more important than having equal rights. The character of Serena Joy in the Handmaid’s tail mirrors Phyllis Schlafly, who campaigned against the ERA, hypocritically arguing that women belonged at home taking care of household matters. The ideas of the ERA are contrasted by Atwood’s description of a society where women have are barely considered people, and the book warns of a future where women don’t have equal
Women were now wanting to be an individual wave, making the water more diverse. The new diverse waters brought new fashion, along with film stars. The new fashion was more hip, loose, and revealing. This new fashion era brought a new type of woman(s) - The Flappers. These females were normally between the ages of 15 to 25.
After the end of World War II, American men return home and took back their jobs, and women were resorted to staying back at home to perform domestic task such as cooking, cleaning, and raising children. What arose was the gender expectation that the men were supposed to be the powerful leader of the family while women were to suppose to be the docile housewife. They were not encouraged to take part in masculine activities, but to be as feminine as possible. For instance, women’s fashion in the 50s was all about dresses and accentuating the curves of a woman’s body. To express the gender constraints that they were under, Americans turned to ballet.
Flappers in the 1920’s, were the party goers of the decade. When women were given the right to vote women thought if men can go out all night, drinking, partying and sleeping with whoever they wanted, women could too. The styles of their clothes and hair changed drastically from the early 1900’s to the 1920’s. The hair of the 1900’s was long locks of Victorian women, but when equal rights were allowed women cut their long hair into a Bobbs. The clothes of the 1900’s were long and elegant, touching the ground, but the same thing happened.
The Effect of Flappers on American Society and the Perception of Women It is no question that the women of modern American society differ greatly from the women of preceding generations. Until the passage of the 19th amendment, women were not considered equals by the standards of the United States government, and social controversy continued long after. A large contributor to the progression in the area of women’s equality was a group of liberated and notorious women known as Flappers. These women drifted from social norms regarding women in American Society. In the 1920’s United States, the controversial conduct and morality of flappers led to a new generation of independent women, who made significant advancements in women’s social and