World War II

Propaganda of women in the war

Women in the work force

Marshaling the public in support of war absorbed more resources than before. Ideas, information, and opinions, like bullets and food, could be ordered, manufactured, and delivered according to centrally determined plans. The extent to which public opinion could be manipulated was remarkable, especially where advertising skills and totalitarian controls over media existed. Propaganda was pervasive and intimately tied to military strategies, political leadership, and economic mobilization, indeed to every phase of the war. Propaganda permeated sermons, feature articles in magazines, newsreels and animated cartoons preceding feature movies, as well as the comics, sports sections, even obituaries in newspapers. Images and attitudes generated by wartime propaganda continue to shape our very understanding of these years.