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Author Fisher, Catherine, author.

Title Sound citizens : Australian women broadcasters claim their voice, 1923-1956 / Catherine Fisher
Published Canberra, ACT, Australia : Australian National University Press, 2021
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 185 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction -- Establishing the platform: the Interwar years -- World citizens: women's broadcasting and internationalism -- Voicing the war effort: women's broadcasts during World War II -- 'An epoch making event': radio and the new female Parliamentarians -- Fighting soap: the postwar years -- We span the distance': women's radio and regional communities -- Conclusion
Summary In 1954 Dame Enid Lyons, the first woman elected to the Australian House of Representatives, argued that radio had 'created a bigger revolution in the life of a woman than anything that has happened any time' as it brought the public sphere into the home and women into the public sphere. Taking this claim as its starting point, Sound Citizens examines how a cohort of professional women broadcasters, activists and politicians used radio to contribute to the public sphere and improve women's status in Australia from the introduction of radio in 1923 until the introduction of television in 1956. This book reveals a much broader and more complex history of women's contributions to Australian broadcasting than has been previously acknowledged
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Mass media -- Political aspects -- Australia -- History
Political culture -- Australia -- History
Radio broadcasters -- Australia -- History
Sex role -- Australia -- History
Women broadcasters -- Australia -- History
Women in radio broadcasting -- Australia -- History
Women in the mass media industry -- Australia -- History
Mass media -- Political aspects.
Political culture.
Radio broadcasters.
Sex role.
Women broadcasters.
Women in radio broadcasting.
Women in the mass media industry.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Australian National University Press.
ISBN 1760464317