Taking a Leading Role: Women in Broadcasting History

 

Taking a Leading Role:

Women in Broadcasting History

The Library of American Broadcasting at the University of Maryland hold 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 and provides a glimpse into the lives and careers of sixteen 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.

Performers in the early years of broadcasting used the opportunities provided by novel genres of entertainment (such as talk programs, soap operas, comedies or drama series) to carve out their own unique niches within the new media. With the rise of radio and TV, many singers, actresses and entertainers chose to adapt their talents to suit the new formats and technologies. Some of these women went on to become producers or executives, while others remained faithful to their artistic crafts throughout their careers.

 

Irene Beasley

Irene Beasley

Martha Brooks

Martha Brooks

Pegeen Fitzgerald

Pegeen Fitzgerald

Mildred Funnell

Mildred Funnell

Betty Garde

Betty Garde

Helen Faith Keane

Helen Faith Keane

Fran Norris

Fran Norris

Inga Rundvold

Inga Rundvold

Julie Stevens

Julie Stevens

Betty Ramey

Betty Ramey

Edythe Meserand

Edythe Meserand

Fran Harris-Tuchman

Fran Harris-Tuchman

Gertrude Entenmann

Gertrude Entenmann

Helen Sioussat

Helen Sioussat

Lee Lawrence

Lee Lawrence

Mona Kent

Mona Kent