Senior Lecturer Dr Kate Murphy’s book, Behind the Wireless: A History of Early Women at the BBC, has been listed on the Evening Standard’s ‘Best Books of 2016’. Juliet Nicolson called the book ‘a brilliantly researched study of the young women who worked at the fledgling BBC in the Twenties and Thirties.’
The book tells the story of women who worked at the BBC during the 1920s and 1930s. Women had the opportunity to be employed at all levels of the organisation, even producing and presenting programmes aimed at women, giving an air of equality and opportunity. However, as Dr Murphy’s research shows, inequalities in pay, recruitment and promotion existed, even to the extent of the introduction of a marriage bar in 1932.