Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Spring 2014


Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


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.


Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Senior Thesis