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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 active roles in the war than in previous wars.” (womenshistory). Even though many women were helping many men, some of the men at home that had seen any women trying to fight for their rights would not only verbally but physically abuse them.
While the women were fighting for their rights, they needed to take education seriously. At this time women were the caretakers of the family and never had to do much besides take care of their children, clean, and cook. Women weren’t granted the time or respect to be educated and go to college. The French philosopher Rousseau said that “the whole education of women ought to be relative to men. To please them, to be useful to them, to make themselves loved and honored by them, to educate them when young, to care for them when grown, to counsel them, to console them, and to make life sweet and agreeable ...”(CenturyofStruggle). This fight was something that was happening on all over the world. Soon after universities in Asia and Western Europe admitted women other countries followed suit. Rhonda Copelon, co-director of the international Women’s Human Rights Law clinic, said that “ there is tremendous potential in the women’s movement to put political, civil, social,...

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