Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Men are needed - What the Women can do
In 1915 there were a series of articles in various local newspapers all throughout the State, headed 'Recruiting Campaign: men are needed' One of the articles covered the subject 'What the women can do' It is an interesting look at the role of women in Society and at their perceived influence in modifying the behaviour of men. It is also very nationalistic, as you might expect. The author was clear that men who were able who hadn't enlisted were not doing their duty, they were 'skulking poltroons' (a word I had never come across before, it means 'an abject or contemptible coward') but on the other hand he couldn't give the impression that all Australian men were like this as the virile Australian character discounts any such suspicion.For your interest, the article is transcribed, below. You can see the original in the Berwick Shire News of July 28, 1915, here.
Berwick Shire News July 28, 1915
MEN ARE NEEDED
WHAT THE WOMEN CAN DO
Article no. 4
The women of Australia have already done, and are doing, much splendid work in the way of raising war funds for various kinds and of supplying valuable equipment to our boys' bound for the front. Now even greater and harder task faces them - to assist in stimulating enlistment. Yet that is what every woman of Victoria who realises her true duty to State and Empire must do today and do`quickly and unflinchingly.