Behind the Wireless: A History of Early Women at the BBC by Kate Murphy

By Kate Murphy

Behind the Wireless tells the tale of girls on the BBC within the Twenties and 30s. Broadcasting was once fresh in Britain and the BBC constructed with no a number of the overt discriminatory practices general on the time. girls have been hired in any respect degrees, other than the very most sensible, for example as secretaries, documentary makers, ads representatives, and librarians. 3 ladies held Director point posts, Hilda Matheson (Director of Talks), Mary Somerville (Director of college Broadcasting), and Isa Benzie (Foreign Director). ladies additionally produced the programmes aimed toward woman listeners and taken girls broadcasters to the microphone. there has been an ethos of equality and the opportunity to upward thrust during the ranks from bills clerk to accompanist. yet lurking at the back of the façade of modernity have been hidden inequalities in recruitment, pay, and promoting and in 1932 a wedding bar was once brought. Kate Murphy examines how and why the interwar BBC created new possibilities for women. 

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