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The New Woman Essay

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Fashion is an art that has influence mankind throughout human history, and it has played an important role in shaping society. Beauty has always been a motive for men to do something radical for women in order to be noticed. Both beauty and fashion have always been key elements to an artist’s paintings and other works. Fashion has always changed throughout history and it will continue to do so as long as people continue to live on the earth. Humans possess certain characteristics that separate them from animals, and clothing is one of those features. Clothing has kept mankind warm through harsh winters, and cool during blistering summers. Basic clothing allowed people to advance further into the future, then they decided that clothing could be used to portray beauty.
Women have always been considered to be submissive to men in every shape and form, but during World War I, women obtained a very important role in winning the war. While the men were overseas fighting the actual battles, women stayed home supporting the war and their husbands or boyfriends that enlisted in the military, and they took the jobs that men would normally do. During the war, factories began manufacturing supplies that were necessary for combat, and since men were in combat, women decided to work in the factories to prove that they were capable of doing what was considered to be a man’s job. Before the end of World War I, women wore their long hair loosely on top of her head and wore a long straight skirt and a shirt with a high collar. This style was considered to be feminine but it allowed for women to participate in activities previously thought only for men.
When World War I ended in 1919, American society tried to reinstall normalcy in the country after the men from the war returned home. Everyone wanted the country to be what it used to be before the outbreak of the war in 1914, young women not dating until a proper young man formally asked her hand in marriage. Due to the loss of millions of men during the war, nearly a whole generation of young men was not available to propose to women. Many of the young women became frustrated with waiting for a suitor that seemed to never come, and they decide that they would not spend the rest of their young life waiting for a non-existent groom. Instead, women decided that they were going to enjoy life to the fullest while they still can.
In Great Britain after World War I, Flappers began appearing in society and soon spread to the United States like a disease. Flappers were young girls who had not entered into womanhood yet, and were somewhat rebellious to the old fashion of the past. Young women became intolerant of society portraying women as some sort of pet that had to do what their owners demanded. The look of women changed drastically during what was known as the roaring twenties, and decade itself was a major turning point in American history.
Granville Stanley Hall, a psychologist and educator, in his article,...

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