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Lifted from the Ironing Board: The ABC Women's Session, 1935-1973

Funding: 2004: $66,822
2005: $74,022
2006: $66,022

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2004

Summary: The Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) broadcast radio programs for women from 1936 to 1971. This project provides the first history of these programs. It will document the establishment and decline of the 'Women's Session' during this period via internal ABC correspondence and audience research, scripts and listeners' letters. It will therefore provide a case study of the dynamic relationships between media production, circulation and reception that will contribute to understandings of gender formation through popular culture. It will also forge new ways of understanding how women have contributed to the cultural life of the nation during the twentieth century.

Keywords: Radio Media history Female audiences Gender and media Feminist theory

FOR Codes: Culture, Gender, Sexuality, Screen and Media Culture, Journalism, Communication and Media not elsewhere classified, Understanding Australia’s past, The media, Journalism and Professional Writing not elsewhere classified, Understanding Australia's Past, Culture, Gender, Sexuality, Gender studies, Te m¿¿t¿¿k¿¿rero, te kawe k¿¿rero me te tuhituhi ngaio o te M¿¿ori (M¿¿ori literature, journalism and professional writing), Understanding Australia¿¿¿s past