The new independent women appear lighting up lucky strike cigarettes or triumphantly riding waves in a Coca-Cola advertisement of 1923. Ads like these were actually a response to the personal rebellion and consumer power that had emerged in the preceding decade, when flapper habits had upset moralists.” (Rowbotham, 118). Or at least that is what the media wanted people to believe, in reality the flapper were women who dressed a little scandalous in order to have people listen to them. They were women who just wanted a voice and a change for their gender. But then there are women that took things to far, they are the vamps. Vamps were women who did not care about their cloths, they would wear next to nothing and not have a care in the world who saw them. These women were not interested in women rights being increased or talked about, they used that movement as an excuse to dress however they wanted, and usually they dressed like this at all times not just at parties or on outings. But when it was a normal day it was more small scale almost like a flapper. Within the book Fitzgerald has three main girl characters, the only girl characters really mentioned in the story. These three characters are Daisy, Jordan, and Myrtle. Each of these girl character represents a type of women that was in the early 1900s, 1920s.
Daisy is the weak submissive women who is not really fighting for the rights of women and is more content in her rich and lavish life style. She chooses to ignore what is going on around her, such as her husband cheating on her, “Then suddenly she threw her napkin on the table and excused herself and went into the house.” (Fitzgerald, 14). This scene takes place right after Tom is called into the house by their butler to take a phone call presumably from his mistress, Daisy leaves the table but does not confront her husband. Instead she holds it all in and doesn’t say a thing making her seem submissive in the eyes of men because she stays in her place. Mean wise you have women like Myrtle who is more of a failed warrior. She stands against Tom (Daisy’s husband, and her lover) only to fail, “…”I’ll say it whenever I want to! Daisy! Dai—–” Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand.” (Fitzgerald, 37). In this section Myrtle tries to prove a point to Tom that she is able to speak and do as she please only to be hit down by Tom thus making her fail her little mission of proving her point of women can say as they please without the control of men stopping them.
Then there is Jordan, last but certainly not least, she was the one who was strong and fought to be who she wanted to throughout the whole book. Jordan wore cloths that women generally would not have worn back then and also acted more tomboyish and like she didn’t care she was a woman, like she was going to be whoever she wanted to be. “If she saw me out of the corner of her eyes she gave no hint of it—indeed, I was almost surprised into murmuring an apology for having disturbed her by coming in.” (Fitzgerald, 8). This quote takes place at the beginning of the book, which is when the narrator Nick first meets Jordan, and instead of acting how a normal woman was expected to and greet Nick, she sat there and ignored him to a point where Nick got uncomfortable and felt as if he needed to apologize to her because she did not acknowledge his presence when he walked into the room. We see more examples of Jordan being a strong and confident person by finding out that she plays sports (Golf), she is also said to have a boyish attitude such as presented above with not acknowledging Nick. In conclusion, women in the early 1900s to the 1920s had very different rights than we do now.
The women that were alive and fighting back then ranged in personality type and how far they were willing to go as seen with the Flappers not going as far with their outfits as the vamps were. As well as the personalities of Daisy, Myrtle, and Jordan who all were different in their own unique ways. Daisy as the weaker submissive type, Myrtle as the failed warrior, and Jordan as the strong tomboyish figure who fights constantly. But what if back then the women had the same rights as we do today, would we still see the flappers and vamps dressing out? And would there still be the different personality types of Daisy, Myrtle, and Jordan?