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The flapper is a misleading symbol of American women in the 1920s Discuss The 1920s are often seen as the birth of modernism and industrialization often referred to as the Jazz Age It was a time of change in many respects The image of the American culture was being redefined Society was altering with more focus on the leisure industries Hollywood came alive and so did the actresses With all the changes going on in American society there was also a shift in the power between the genders and a distance between the generations began to appear This occurred due to the emergence of a new type of woman the flapper but was she the symbol of the 1920s American women The flapper was a product of the great changes which occurred after World War One Before the 1920s many women had focused on the suffragette movement and been involved in a number of womens groups However after the nineteenth amendment was passed many women began to lose interest in politics and the suffragette movement Organizations and groups began to splinter Their main objective had been reached they had won the right to vote now each group had different items on their agenda some groups expressed their disgust over the items which other groups thought should be achieved Others were simply not inspired enough by the other agendas and slowly membership died away The sisterhood which was present in the suffragette years had disappeared in the Jazz Age and as replaced by the competition to get jobs the competition for dates and the rush to get married Where did the flappers emerge from The media was bombarded with the image of the happy housewife Women were encouraged to take their place in the home again In opposition to this image the new generation of women took a whole new look Rebellion against societys standards was prominent and a free morality was
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