Women’s Rights in the 1920’s and Examples in F. Scott Fitzgerald´s The Great Gatsby

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Before the 1920’s women had very few rights in politics, education, sports, and fashion. Suffragists fought for a long time against those who said they would never get what they want. In this essay we’ll also be connecting to The Great Gatsby to see how F. Scott Fitzgerald showed examples of the struggles women had went through when they were coming up in the world. The biggest right many women fought for was their right to vote. Men believed that women were too emotional and uneducated. Women then were a lot stronger than the men thought. They “cared for one another in childbirth and sickness…they toiled from sunup to sundown…and tended the ground the men had cleared” with no appreciation by men of the hard work they did (centuryofstruggle). If there were a sense of weakness they would have quit. These women soon found their will power to start the suffrage movement. This wasn’t the first time they organized a group, “it was in the abolition movement that the women first learned to organize [and] hold public meetings.”(centuryofstruggle). “Votes for women were first seriously proposed in the United States in July, 1848 at the Seneca Falls Woman’s Rights convention organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott.”(womenshistory). This was the beginning of the struggle for women to become equal to men. “In [the] war, women [were] the most silent victims.” This quote was very true about the women (womenshistory). During the war it was obvious that the men were victims considering that the men had to actually go to war and die for their country but women were still home being treated unkindly all over the world without any choice. “Women took up jobs in factories to support the war as well as taking more act... ... middle of paper ... ...aughter, her gestures, her assertions became more violently affected moment by moment and as she expanded the room grew smaller around her until she seemed to be revolving on a noisy, creaking pivot through the smoky air” (Fitzgerald 35). Myrtle represents the “need” of women to be known for having money and wealth so that she is much more popular. Myrtle wears the dress to disguise her current status and act as if she is a part of the rich, but in reality she is poor and naive, but the transformation of the dress changes her to rich and conceited. In conclusion, Fitzgerald did an astonishing job at portraying all aspects of life in the 1920’s in his book through his characters. Women really made a change not only during their era, but in today’s society. Women are more willing to go and do what they want without any restrictions limiting their potential.

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