Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Mom's Back From War!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Mom's Back From War!

"Creating Rosie the Riveter"

Maureen H.

"wartime employment of woman led to a more radical redefinition of female roles for an audience most likely to have remained in the home."

When woman were asked to help and serve their Country for the war effort they were rewarded with "Yes Mam you did a great job, now your mans home and you can get to cookin and cleanin again". The packet truly expresses how woman were doing a great job and making a huge distribution of war materials and jobs that men held. After woman working in these factories and holding usually male dominated occupations, why didn't the view of America change? Why was it that woman were not allowed to continue their work when their husbands and sons came back home? Where they not good enough for America to keep that strong noble idealistic character going? Were woman weaker, and not smart enough? Betty Friedan wrote about how even woman sometimes felt fit that this taught them a personal goal instead of a personal dream these woman had.
The packet describes that it gave woman a strong, capable fighting tough approach to life and woman really took care of business. I just wish that after World War II, woman were treated with more respect and loyalty from their country that they served in as well. They kept the belts moving in the factories, the children alive, the functioning of life in our country and they get posters and media spreading how they must keep their bodies and minds healthy for America and their men!


Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post, but clear the blank space and always cite the source of your quotations clearly.

You have raised a key issue: The government needed to move women into male-defined jobs and then move them back out into the traditional female jobs or the home at the end of the war.

How was this accomplished? The larger symbolic narrative of wartime propaganda needed to justify and explain the movement both in and out of the skilled, industrial workforce.

3/05/2008 11:08 PM  

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