Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Australia: The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) celebrates female pioneers on World Radio Day

Lynn Foster
NFSA title no. 351956
The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) will celebrate World Radio Day on 13 February with the publication of online profiles of two of Australia’s female radio pioneers, Lynn Foster and Dorothy Crawford.

“These women were pioneers in the development of Australian radio and were integral to the shaping of our national cultural identity,” said NFSA Radio Archivist Chris Arneil.

“By the mid-to-late 1930s, women working in radio production gained prominence as producers, directors, writers and performers. This was at a time when most women were encouraged to stay at home as housewives and mothers — many of these radio pioneers were themselves mothers with their own households to manage. Women remained an integral part of Australian radio production through the golden years of radio in the 1940s and 1950s, up until today.”

(Source: The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia)

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