Women's History Journal

Women’s History Today Autumn 2022 – Broadcasting Special Issue

The Autumn 2022 issue of Women’s History Today – Broadcasting Special Issue is now available for purchase or downoad.

This special issue of Women’s History Today is a ‘Broadcasting’ special. As you are likely to have seen, heard or read, this autumn marks the centenary of the BBC, which was established as the British Broadcasting Company on 18 October 1922 and which broadcast its first daily programme a month later on 14 November. This issue brings together scholarship, as well as a selection of feature articles, that explore a range of issues connected with women and broadcasting.

The digital version of this edition is available free to all members – see details below.


  • Dr Yu Wang on ‘Feminine Frequencies’: Gender, Radio, and the Auditory Culture of Revolution in 1940s China, 4
  • Dr Vanessa Jackson on ‘Frocks and Powder Puffs, 13
  • Dr Sonia Robles on María Luisa Ross: Mexican Educator, Writer and Radio Station Manager, 23
  • Dr Andrea Smith on Cathleen Nesbitt: Britain’s First Radio Drama Producer, 32

Doing History

  • Birgitte Jallov on ‘Women on the Air’: A Contribution to the History of Women in Community Radio in Europe, 36

From the Archive

  • Broadcasting History but also Working Lives: Women’s History in the BBC’s Written Archives, 42

Spotlight on Research

  • Professor Emilie Morin on The Women Diarists of Early Radio, 45

Book Reviews

  • Sarah Arnold, Gender and Early Television: Mapping Women’s Role in Emerging US and British Media, 1850-1950, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2021, 48
  • Purcell, Jennifer J. Mother of the BBC, Mabel Constanduros and the Development of Popular Entertainment on the BBC, 1925-57, New York, London, Oxford, New Delhi and Sydney: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020, 48
  • Frances Galt, Women’s Activism Behind the Screens: Trade Unions and Gender Inequality in the British Film and Television Industries, Bristol: Bristol University Press, 2021, 50
  • Justine Lloyd, Gender and Media in the Broadcast Age: Women’s Radio Programming at the BBC, CBC, and ABC, New York, London, and Dublin: Bloomsbury Academic, 2021, 50

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WHN Members who have subscribed to the print edition will receive a printed copy shortly.  The PDF edition (ISSN 2752-6704) includes high quality photographs (and in colour where available) as well as active hyper-links.