The evidence on Harry Truman's attitude about women in politics and in public life is mixed and perhaps even contradictory in nature. To some degree his attitude is reflected in the way his wife minimized media coverage of her reactions and activities. One paper documents Bess Truman's desire to remain entirely in the background and to restrict severely the release of information about herself. This approach was favorably accepted by the public probably because it seemed to fit in with the mood of the time and most certainly with Mr. Truman's attitude.
During World War II women broke into many areas of endeavor partly because help was needed to maintain home front production while the war was being fought. Afterwards one might have expected that efforts to formally protect the progress of women to achieve equal standing would have been more successful than they turned out to be. An extensive study here explores federal legislation for women with particular reference to President Truman's response to this area of public policy.