Airwave feminism

A history of women broadcasters
by
September 2021, no. 435

Sound Citizens: Australian women broadcasters claim their voice, 1923-1956 by Catherine Fisher

Australian National University Press, $50 pb, 194 pp

Airwave feminism

A history of women broadcasters
by
September 2021, no. 435
A portrait photograph of Enid Lyons, a politician and broadcaster, taken in the 1940s (History and Art Collection/Alamy)
A portrait photograph of Enid Lyons, a politician and broadcaster, taken in the 1940s (History and Art Collection/Alamy)

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In the era of perpetual Covid lockdowns, many of us can relate to the isolation of the mid-twentieth-century housewife. Like her, we’re stuck at home, orbiting our kitchens, watching the light move across the floorboards. Each day mirrors the last, a quiet existence spent mostly in the company of the immediate household. Yet whereas we can flee our domestic confines via Netflix or TikTok, last century’s housewife had fewer avenues to the wider world. There was reading, of course – books or magazines or newspapers – but this was usually reserved for the end of the day. For most waking hours, her hands and eyes were needed for cooking, cleaning, mending, childcare, and a thousand other tasks.

Yves Rees reviews 'Sound Citizens: Australian women broadcasters claim their voice, 1923-1956' by Catherine Fisher

Sound Citizens: Australian women broadcasters claim their voice, 1923-1956

by Catherine Fisher

Australian National University Press, $50 pb, 194 pp

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