Panel Presentations

Event Title

Gender of a Nation: Propaganda in WWII and the Atomic Age

Authors

Angela A. Badore '14, Gettysburg College

Location

Breidenbaugh Hall 311

Session

Reimaging Gendered Images

Start Time

5-3-2014 1:15 PM

End Time

5-3-2014 2:30 PM

Supervising Faculty Member

Catherine Batza

Department

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Description

This paper explores the shifting presentations of gender in U.S. wartime propaganda aimed at the American public during World War II and the early Eisenhower Era. Through the images and texts produced during these times, a clear portrait of an idealized national portrayal of gender emerged, showing a more masculine overall image during WWII and a more feminine overall during the early 1950s. Gender roles were far less rigid in the war years than in the Cold War, as illustrated by the propaganda shown.

 
May 3rd, 1:15 PM May 3rd, 2:30 PM

Gender of a Nation: Propaganda in WWII and the Atomic Age

Breidenbaugh Hall 311

This paper explores the shifting presentations of gender in U.S. wartime propaganda aimed at the American public during World War II and the early Eisenhower Era. Through the images and texts produced during these times, a clear portrait of an idealized national portrayal of gender emerged, showing a more masculine overall image during WWII and a more feminine overall during the early 1950s. Gender roles were far less rigid in the war years than in the Cold War, as illustrated by the propaganda shown.