The First American Flapper By Zelda Fitzgerald Essay

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“She refused to be bored, chiefly because she wasn’t boring.” (The Collected Writings of Zelda Fitzgerald). Nicknamed “the first American Flapper”, Zelda Fitzgerald was a social icon that helped kickstart the change in how women participated in the new American society. After the war, there was a big time of change for women and how they could live life more freely. They were given the right to vote provided by the 19th Amendment, the idea of “the new woman” was common, and there was a shift in the medical community. As America’s society changed after World War One, the lives of women improved in the United States in the 1920’s with the country giving them more public freedom and rights. The 1920’s was an important time for women’s suffrage, but all things considered, there was a long period of fighting for equality before the 1920’s. As early as the 1820’s, women in the United States were starting to get irritated with the thought of “true womanhood” which was that a real lady should be a good wife and mother that’s only the responsibility is to take care of the house and kids. A group of abolitionists discussed women’s rights at the Seneca Falls convention in 1848, organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, two reformers. At the convention, the abolitionists agreed that women deserved the right as American individuals to have a political identity because men and women are created equal. After the Civil War, Woman suffrage advocates became separated into two…

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