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Womens Rights in the 1920s

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Rachel Reid

on 2 May 2011

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Transcript of Womens Rights in the 1920s

Women's Rights in the 1920s Finally, the 19th Amendment was passed
by Congress, which granted women the right to vote. This was a huge milestone in the Women's Rights Movement. The right to vote was the focus of the Women's Rights Movement. Women around the world wanted political equality between men and women. Women were starting to take up more active roles in the war, got jobs in factories to support the war, and believed in equality. Women believed that obtaining the right to vote
would ensure that prohibition laws would be passed. They also wanted a reform of property laws, equal guardianship of children, new divorce laws, improved working conditions, higher wages, and access to higher education. To get what they wanted, women formed
many organizations, including the National
American Woman Suffrage Association.
These organizations held protests, riots,
and seminars where women could speak out
to politicians and other women. Flappers A group of rebellious women, known as Flappers, were not what
society called proper women. They wore dresses that made them
look young and boy-ish, and they cut their hair into bobs. Their "outrageous" behavior, which included partying, dancing, riding bicycles, driving cars, smoking cigarettes,
drinking in public, and advocating sexual liberation was highly contreversial at the time. However, the flappers started a new trend that paralleled the Women's Rights Movement. Overall, the 1920's proved themselves to be a changing point in women's history. The Women's Rights Movement was the foundation of a better life and equality for future generations of women around the world. Gaining Rights The desire for women's rights began as early as the 1700s. The first women's rights convention occured in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848, and it was led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. This convention ultimately set the stage for the Women's Rights Movement in the 1900s. Earlier Movements The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, effectively demonstrates
many aspects and culture of the 1920's, including the position of women in
society. During the 18th century, the role of women
was extremely difficult, exhausting, and socially
unappreciative. Mostly women were required to
serve in the household; they had to cook, clean,
make clothing, nurse the sick, take care of their
animals, and tend to gardens. Women were often considered property
of men. They were required to marry their
husbands at a young age, and of course
they were not allowed to vote. During the writing of the Constitution,
the concept of women's rights came into
question. Though women had gained the right to vote, their roles had stayed much the same. Women were simply accessories to their husbands. They were expected to conduct themselves properly according to their husband's or lover's standards. As shown in the relationships between Tom and Daisy and Myrtle and Tom. Women take physical abuse at the hands of Tom’s overly-macho persona, which seems a right of his gender at the time. His abuse is a form of the control that he exercises over both his mistress and his wife. Though both women are being abused yet they still stay with Tom becuase of their "needs". Daisy married Tom because she wanted to ‘settle’ her life through money and status and Daisy became Tom's lover because she wanted a more glamorous life, a better social status than the one she had with her husband. Women in the 1920's were still being contained to their roles. Both Daisy and Myrtle made their choice to stay with Tom because it was the best they could make out of their situations in a time where being a woman put you in a box. Therefore these two women help us understand the background of the novel and the status of women in an age where morals and love were based on money and status.
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