"A girdle of thought thrown around the world": international aspirations in women's programming in Australia and Canada

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This article outlines impulses toward internationalism in women's programming during the twentieth century at two public service broadcasters: the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in Canada and the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) in Australia. These case studies show common patterns as well as key differences in the establishment of an international frame for the modern domestic sphere. Research conducted in paper and audio recording archives relating to nonfiction programming for women demonstrates pervasive tensions between women's international versus national solidarities. The article argues that these contradictions must be highlighted—rather than papered over in a simplistic understanding of such programming as reflecting a binary domestic ideology of private versus public, home versus world—to fully understand media history and cultural memory from a gendered perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-194
Number of pages27
JournalFeminist Media Histories
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Published as: Lloyd, J., 2019. “A Girdle of Thought Thrown around the World”: International Aspirations in Women's Programming in Australia and Canada. Feminist Media Histories, 5(3), pp.168-194. © 2019 by the Regents of the University of California. Copying and permissions notice: Authorization to copy this content beyond fair use (as specified in Sections 107 and 108 of the U. S. Copyright Law) for internal or personal use, or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by the Regents of the University of California for libraries and other users, provided that they are registered with and pay the specified fee via Rightslink® or directly with the Copyright Clearance Center, http://www.copyright.com/.


  • Australian Broadcasting Commission
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
  • domesticity
  • international feminism
  • public sphere
  • radio


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