Women and Westerns in the Films of the 1940s

  • Mark E. Wildermuth


This chapter demonstrates how entry of women into the workplace and military in World War II enhances the portrayal of women professionals by showing that women, like men, can see professionalism as a source of personal gratification rather than just a gesture of sacrifice, even as the Westerns reflect anxiety about changing gender roles.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Literature and LanguagesUniversity of Texas of the Permian BasinOdessaUSA

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