'Patriotic Femininity': Women's Morals and Men's Morale During the Second World War

Title'Patriotic Femininity': Women's Morals and Men's Morale During the Second World War
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsGoodman, Phil
JournalGender & History
Volume10
Issue2
Pagination278-294
Date Published07/1998
Abstract

Of necessity, Englishwomen appeared in untraditional places during World War II, raising concerns over women's morals and men's morale. To boost morale, the image of women at home was used to symbolize the moral and social order that the war was being fought to preserve; to protect this morale, military authorities assumed guardianship over the behavior of soldiers' wives. Women's individual reactions to new demands varied, but regardless, women's presence in factories and pubs tended to associate them with dubious morals. With the war's end, women were expected to return to their proper place, but they had had opportunities to see alternatives to woman's traditional sphere.

URLhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1468-0424.00100/abstract
Short Title'Patriotic Femininity'
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