Pioneering Women

100 Voices that made the BBC

'Choose To Challenge' is the theme for International Women's Day 2021 - calling out gender bias and inequality, and celebrating  women's achievements. 

For nearly 100 years the BBC has wrestled with these issues on air and behind the scenes.

In a selection of stories and memories from the BBC Oral History Collection, our researchers explore the working lives of women in the BBC, going beyond the stereotypes.

About 100 Voices that Made the BBC

This '100 Voices' website is one of a series made as part of 'Connected Histories of the BBC' – a project led by the University of Sussex, in partnership with the BBC, Mass Observation, the Science Museum Group, and the British Entertainment History Project. The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Material for this edition of '100 Voices' was curated and written by Kate Murphy, Bournemouth University and Jeannine Baker, Macquarie University (Sydney), with additional material by Emma Sandon (Birkbeck, University of London), Kate Terkanian (Bournemouth University), Helen Wood (University of Leicester), Lucy Robinson (University of Sussex), Sejal Sutaria (Grinnell College, USA), David Butler (University of Manchester) and Martha Kearney (BBC). Web Editor, John Escolme (BBC), Web Production, Mike Hammond (BBC). With thanks to Vicky Ball (De Montfort University), and David Hendy and Alban Webb (University of Sussex). Jeannine Baker's contribution was supported by the British Academy's Visiting Fellowships Programme under the UK Government's Rutherford Fund.

The website contains excerpts and programmes from BBC services at various moments in time. The material should be viewed in this context and with the understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its own era – not those of today. And please note in particular that the website contains language which is now clearly outdated and offensive but which was regarded as acceptable by many people when first used.

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