"Once a typist always a typist": the Australian Women's Broadcasting Co-operative and the sexual division of labor at the Australian Broadcasting Commission

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This article discusses the Australian Women’s Broadcasting Co-operative (AWBC), formed by women working at the Australian Broadcasting Commission in response to the United Nations’ declaration that 1975 would be International Women’s Year. It examines the AWBC’s attempts to challenge entrenched structural inequalities and sexual discrimination, improve opportunities for women in the organization, and change dominant representations of women’s lives in the media. It analyzes the significance of the AWBC’s key interventions, including the production of a national weekly radio show for women, The Coming Out Show; the provision of production training for women; pushing for a formal inquiry into the status of women; lobbying for staff childcare facilities; and representing women employees in industrial relations matters. The article concludes with a discussion of the long-term impact of the AWBC and the Coming Out Show, which, despite its genesis as a “bold experiment,” endured for twenty-three years.
LanguageEnglish
Pages160-184
Number of pages25
JournalFeminist Media Histories
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Published as Baker, J. (2018). "Once a typist always a typist": The Australian Women's Broadcasting Co-operative and the Sexual Division of Labor at the Australian Broadcasting Commission. Feminist Media Histories, 4(4), 160-184. © 2018 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/).

Keywords

  • broadcasting history
  • Women's history
  • Labour History
  • Australia
  • equal pay
  • industrial relations
  • public broadcasting
  • radio production

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