I have been reading this book,
Air Power: The Men, Machine, and Ideas That Revolutionized War, from Kitty Hawk to Iraq authored by Steph Budiansky
Here is an excerpt,
The staff of the factory were no doubt touchy themselves as a result of being such a large and visible group of men not in uniform; they were frequently suspected of being “shirkers” or deserters, and as one recalled, “It was extremely distasteful to be stopped in the street by police and made to produce papers, or to be presented with white feathers by crazed females.” The problem was eventually solved by giving everyone on the staff RFC rank and uniform.
So this was the way it was during the Great War. Women seemingly had little else to do than to shame men to volunteer for military service.
Culture sure must have been different back then. Presently, it would be difficult to imaging women trying to get men to join the service via shaming. Even if men are not explicitly MGTOWs, many just don’t respect (the modern incarnation effectively choosing to being poor imitations of men) women/womenkind enough for them to react to this. Probably a cordial FU would be a common response.
On the other hand, appealing to men’s notion of being on the team with other men, not letting the side down, etc. could work; maybe even today.
Of course, the best response today would be to take the white feather and hand it back, suggesting that the woman volunteer for a combat position.