To modern ears, the women who hosted programs on Canadian radio starting in the 1920s sound a bit too focused on perfecting roast chicken and starched shirts, but given the context, these women truly were pioneers. From poetry to political interviews to livestock reports, radio drama, news, music and household hints, these unflappable radio queens delivered it all.
Perhaps the best-known of Canada's female broadcasters is Kate Aitken, whose cookbook is still in print. She attracted millions of listeners to her radio show in the 1940s and 1950s. On this episode of her CBC radio program, she lauds notable women of the previous year.