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Taking a Leading Role: Women in Broadcasting History

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The Library of American Broadcasting at the University of Maryland holds an assortment of archival collections pertaining to women's contributions to American radio and television. This exhibit offers a sampling of items drawn from those collections.

The exhibit provides a glimpse into the lives and careers of 16 American women who worked in broadcasting during its most crucial years of development and expansion, in the mid-20th century. The diversity of their collections illuminates the myriad ways that women shaped the course of broadcasting history.


In 2003, a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities allowed the Library of American Broadcasting to preserve, organize, and make accessible to researchers a group of archival collections pertaining to women in broadcasting.