Women In World War II Propaganda Essay

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Women in World War II Propaganda: The United States vs Germany During war times governments work to influence their citizens through propaganda, appealing to nationalistic beliefs and defining the ‘ideal’ citizen in order to support the war effort. Propaganda encouraged men to embrace their masculinity and inner soldier, while women were influenced by propaganda in other ways. While it is clear that in a total war effort, the entire population must make sacrifices to support the war effort, different governments have contradicting view of what role women play in war times. The United States’ ability to mobilize their entire population in a total war effort, with strong figures including Rosie the Riveter and opportunities for women to support …show more content…
As men left factory jobs and other male dominated industries, women were encouraged to fill these openings to contribute to the war effort. The government “wanted publishers and others to push all kinds of employment as vital ‘war jobs’. [...] The slogan for this promotion was: ‘The More Women at Work the Sooner We Win’.” Jack Doyle emphasized the importance of this government propaganda in an article published in his website focusing on power of pop culture showing the long term cultural impact of this movement, but he does not analyze the historical context or significance. This perspective make it apparent that the use of propaganda in media not only inspired women to take up jobs in manufacturing, but also created a societal shift in which these jobs became socially acceptable for …show more content…
In a public speech in I934 after Hitler took power, Gobbles outlines the Nazi belief of women’s role in the world saying, “The first, best, and most suitable place for the women is in the family, and her most glorious duty is to give children to her people and nation”. Goebbels ' bias message targeted at the German people shows the manipulation and propaganda used to promote the importance of motherhood while keeping women out of positions of power. In the Nazi Party’s magazine for women, The Frauen Warte, this message was continues with an article claiming that while “it is true we [women] have no seats in parliament, and men have now regained the positions that women took by false ambition [...] the National Socialist state needs the help of women”. This magazine promotes Nazi ideology and must be looked at as an extremely bias piece of propaganda meant to influence German women. Through their control of The Frauen Warte the Nazi regime had the ability to directly target women influencing their beliefs on their role in society by appealing to the motherly and feminine nature rather than embracing the strong woman of the United

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