Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Women the secret weapon to win the war?

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Women the secret weapon to win the war?

"It is high time that the housewife, patriotically cooperating with her Government in conservation, salvage, War Bond and Stamp buying, care of tires and all the other home campaigns, begins to understand that the invitation to women to go to work outside their homes means the woman who has not worked in a paying job before."

This quote talks about what was happening not on the war front, but back at home. While the men were at war, they women were at home. It was there that they believed that they could not be any help towards the war. This is when the government believed that they actually could be some assistance towards the war. They felt that women can do the small things to help out during the war. They believed that they could buy War Bonds, spread the word about the war, and even help with the wounded soldiers. This was very unorthodox, but it seemed that this would be the best idea in helping gain support for the war.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post, but always cite the source of your quotations.

What does war have to do with what happens in the home? What does this tell us about the extent of the penetration of wartime propaganda into every aspect of everyday life?

Shortages and rationing were a big part of daily life in WWII. Women as consumers and homemakers were at the center of the domestic economy.

3/05/2008 10:47 PM  

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