Western Depiction of Women in Film

The progress of the feminist movement in the twenty-first century has much improved since the 1960s, which also explains the depiction of American women in We Were Soldiers. In the film, Julia Moore and other wives have formed a community to mentally support each other. There is also a sense of racial equality among these women; there is one scene about the laundry when an African American housewife tells other wives that she is not allowed to use the laundry room. All the women support her that her husband is fighting alongside with other white men for the country, there should be no discrimination in the GI camp. Again, the women in this film represent as strong-will and supportive of their men, which is different from other depictions of American women in previous films. We Were Soldiers produced in 2002 and it certainly has a contemporary perspective on the role of women, especially during wartime.


(Oliver Stone’s Biography)