World War II Propaganda Poster Pushes Women to Turn Grief into Work
Effective propaganda subtly manipulates the emotional turmoil of the times.

This World War II era poster is a prime example of this tactic.

Featuring a downcast young woman, the poster suggests that getting a war job could help improve her mood.

The tagline, “Longing won’t bring him back sooner…” hints at the loneliness many women felt during the war.

The poster’s logic is bulletproof: by getting a job through the U.S. Employment Service, the young woman can help the Armed Forces be more effective.

The sooner the war ends, the sooner she can be reunited with her significant other.

This wasn’t the first time a government used emotional manipulation during a war: check out this propaganda poster from World War I.

See our whole collection of WWI and WWII propaganda here.
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