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‘Masculine Duties and Feminine Powers’: Gender and Recruiting Efforts During World War I

  • Dalea BeanEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter continues the interrogation of the construction of gendered ideals during World War I by addressing the key role women were expected to undertake in recruitment of men for military service. The production of a wartime masculinity, was only possible through the concurrent creation of active civic womanhood. Women emerged as prominent speakers and writers on the topic of recruitment and were a major feature of the recruitment strategies in World War I. This chapter also analyses the gendered rhetoric that became a very real part of the movement to motivate men to enlist. For instance, ‘feminisation’ of men by women was a strategy used to encourage men to fight; one which proved successful for the recruitment movement.

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Masculine Duty Movement Recruitment Jamaica Times Recruitment Meetings soldiersSoldiers 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of the West IndiesKingstonJamaica

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