Invisible Women

Invisible Women


January 11, 2021
Episode 3 graphic titled Propaganda

On her wedding day Liliana discovered that she was not only saying yes to marriage, but also to the perilous work of a wireless operator in one of the first resistance cells in France.

Speaking 5 languages by the age of 19 she was instrumental in encoding messages sent to Bletchley Park from a Polish Military cell in Lyon, run by her husband.

The cultural beliefs about women, and the relationship power gradient between women and men, supported her fiancé’s action to decide her fate.

In this episode, the patriarchal monopoly on power is easily exposed in the Allied propaganda of the era. In juxtaposition to this power, Liliana’s story reflects her authentic contributions, and her matchless abilities and ingenuity that saved them from certain capture when the cell was infiltrated by the Nazis.

Episodes include war-related content that some listeners may find disturbing and/or traumatizing.

Episode Details

Podcast Episode #03
Created by: Diane Greig
Produced by: Robert Ouimet
Runs: 55:53


Host and Writer: Diane Greig
Liliana: Colleen Winton
Casting Director: Eileen Barrett
Producer: Robert Ouimet
Sound engineer: Matt James
Archival audio: Danger Women at Work, Arm Behind the Army. From the Prelinger Archive, used under Creative Commons and/or public domain.

Show Notes

  • The honourable and respectful origins of propaganda
  • The WW2 propaganda campaign reinforces the societal stereotypes and expectations of women and men
  • Bringing women into the work force in order to keep the economy going
  • Propaganda used to shift the perspective of women being capable not only in the home, but also working in factories
  • Contradictory stereotypes – how women were portrayed in propaganda
  • Post war propaganda
  • Modern computational propaganda
  • Liliana’s story
  • War breaks out
  • Working with the Red Cross in Vichy
  • A young lieutenant proposes marriage
  • Wedding day surprise – the young lieutenant has a different name
  • A new husband and a new role in the resistance
  • In Lyon, learning about wireless machines and codes
  • Trouble in Lyon, and the move to Marseille
  • Escape from Marseille to Switzeralnd
  • Slipping by the authorities thanks to food coupons
  • Divorced after the war, a new husband and a move to Canada

Links and Resources

World War 2 Propaganda & Surveillance
Polish resistance in France during World War II
Women at Work
History of Women in the Red Cross
The Story of Propaganda
The hypodermic effect: How propaganda manipulates our emotions
Advertising, Public Relations and Propaganda
Surveillance and Espionage in a Free Society

What Is Feminism, And Why Do So Many Women And Men Hate It?
French Red Cross poster

All Episodes in this Series

Episode 8: Heroine’s Journey

Episode 7: Embodiment

Episode 6: Madonnas

Episode 5: Sisterhood

Episode 4: Shadow Projections

Episode 3: Propaganda

Episode 2: Spy Craft

Episode 1: Service Zero


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