2018 has seen a focus on women in Britain, as it commemorates the centenary of the vote. The BBC also has a fascinating tale to tell about the women who have worked there for nearly 100 years.
Here, newly-released oral histories offer us a fresh and surprising story about the changing status of women and their pioneering contribution to broadcasting.
Women at the BBC in the 1920s and 1930s
Sound and Vision
Women in BBC engineering in wartime and beyond
Programmes for women, by women
Speaking to you at Home
How women contributed to television’s particular and intimate style of address.
Behind the Scenes
The army of women who worked behind the scenes at the BBC, and the pioneers who campaigned for better opportunities.
A fresh perspective on equal opportunities at the BBC.
The women who reached the top of the BBC.
For Empire and Commonwealth
How women from across the Empire and Commonwealth sought opportunities at the BBC and broadcast to the world.
Martha Kearney on Audrey Russell
Martha Kearney, Presenter of Today on BBC Radio 4 looks at the achievements of a pioneering war correspondent.
Variety and Music
The influential women producers and directors of Light Entertainment and Music.
Women in Popular Music: Annie Nightingale
Annie Nightingale's story exemplifies the importance of listening to and supporting women in the media.
Women of the Workshop
The women who shaped the pioneering sound of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
Background to the project
Dame Jenni Murray, DBE, journalist and presenter explores some of the rich archive discovered in this latest release from the BBC Oral History Collection.
A gallery of women at work and leisure at the BBC from the 1930s to 1960s.
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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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