What Are The Advantages Of Women In The 1920's

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With all these new advantages for women they soon became known on every level like men, and had also got to socially improve (Berner, “Women in the 1920’s in North Carolina.”) Women getting all these freedoms and advantages that only men were supposed to have, really was the start to the “new women” that appeared throughout the 1920’s.
As women started to gain many more advantages, society came up with a name for them and decided to call them the “new women.” The new women promoted how important hygiene was, and the importance to read and understand literature (Donahue, “Transition from Patriarchal Society: Women’s Rights and Gender Equality”). Learning to read, was a start on women becoming independent, and learning how to do things on
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Flappers were part of the “new women” but they were much more rebellious to society. Society would say that flappers were portraying themselves in the wrong ways, and that they were living life the wrong way (Benner, “Women in the 1920’s in North Carolina”). College girls, unmarried women, and independent women usually were the ones who referred to themselves as flappers (Benner, “Women in the 1920’s in North Carolina”). Flappers did rebel against society, but they looked at it as a new way of approaching female behaviors. When people dressed and danced as flappers did, they were showing society that women could be independent, and that was going against the social norms of their time period. Flappers also looked as themselves as a symbol of the youth movement. These women no longer wanted to conform to the Victorian time period moralities(“Sophisticated Ladies: Women of the 1920’s”) Not all women liked the thought of being married to a man, and having to start a family right away. Many wanted to live life, and have fun while they were young, which many of them did in the 1920’s. By doing this they challenged the social status of women, and what their gender roles were, but they were okay with doing this because they felt as if they didn’t want to be tied down any longer (Sophisticated Ladies: Women of the 1920’s). Movies that were being produced had women playing roles of …show more content…
These women would wear short skirts, and outfits that were above the knees. This was a huge shift from the Victorian time period, where women had to wear long gowns, and could not show any skin, or would be judged for it. Binding their chests, women rebelled against patriarchy showing that not all women needed to have big breasts to be considered women (Benner, “Women in the 1920’s in North Carolina”). When women started to wear things like this, they called it “boyish clothing.” During this time period it was bad for women to dress like guys because of how strict gender roles were in the 1920’s. If a woman decided she wanted to dress like a man, this would now show that she was independent, and didn’t need a husband to support her. Doing this put patriarchy in threat, but since men were more superior they wouldn’t blame it on men, they would blame it on women. Not only did flappers dress boyish, but they also decided that they now wanted to cut their hair short. As women started doing this they referred this hairstyle as a “bob.” Catherine shows how flappers acted, and how they dressed during the 1920’s. “This sister, Catherine, was a slender, worldly girl of about thirty, with a solid, sticky bob of red hair, and a complexion powdered milky white.” (Fitzgerald 30) In The Great Gatsby this is how women started to act out, and show that they were flappers, and could be independent. When

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