In this new series, Jane Garvey investigated the stories behind five landmark moments that mark the history of the female voice in radio and television broadcasting.
How far have women really come since the early days of the 'wireless'? To what extent are female voices now accepted as carrying the same level of authority and expertise as their male counterparts?
In this first offering, Jane examined the launch of BBC Radio's The Week in Parliament in 1929 - a new political programme produced by women and aimed at a newly enfranchised female population.
This groundbreaking programme was not only presented by the first woman elected to the House of Commons, Lady Nancy Astor, and aimed at newly enfranchised women, but also produced by women. There are extracts from an early edition of the programme, dug out of the BBC archive, and Jane also talks to BBC historian Professor Jean Seaton and broadcast historian Professor Suzanne Franks about the issues that female broadcasters faced in the early days of radio. Plus 96-year-old writer Diana Athill shares her memories of working at the BBC during the Second World War.
Other programmes in the series include: Voice Of Authority, which marked the appointment of the first female newsreader in 1955; Upping The Tempo, in which Jane meets Annie Nightingale, the first female DJ on Radio 1 and respected as an expert voice in music journalism. Prime Time Woman notes the role played by Esther Rantzen as a campaigning and consumer journalist on TV, and in A Level Playing Field, Jane talkes to Jacqui Oatley about her debut as the first female footballer commentator on Match Of The Day.