White feather

A white feather

The Order of the White Feather was founded in Britain in August 1914 as part of a strategy to encourage women to pressure their family and friends into enlisting. White feathers were given to young, fit men who did not volunteer for service. Some criticised the practice arguing that “idiotic young women were using white feathers to get rid of boyfriends of whom they were tired.”

Services Rendered badges were given to those who had been honourably discharged due to age, injury or illness to ensure that they were not accused of cowardice when they returned home.

How do you think men might have felt about receiving a white feather?

Do you think the strategy would have been successful? Why or why not?