By: Jasmine Graves
Since the beginning of time, women voices have been associated with sounding nagging, squeaky, and annoying. In the 18th and 19th centuries if women kept talking in public it was thought that their uterus’ would dry up. As science and life would prove that this stereotype was an exaggerated statement perpetuated by men, this characterization of women’s voices as deficient is an enduring journey in the history of broadcasting, dogging women’s attempts to get on air. Back then women were said to have too much personality in their voice and could not disconnect and make an impersonal touch.
Women were considered too emotional to be on the radio and one point in time men weren’t the only sex standing in our way from being on radio. In August 1933, Mrs Giles Borrett read the BBC six o’clock evening news bulletin for the first time (going under her husband’s name). BBC officials said it was a failure because female listeners didn’t like listening to another female. Mrs. Borrett went on to educate women about attending school to learn fashion. The war was a breakthrough for women, because they filled positions on radio vacated by men who’d been called up. Women, despite men’s power over women’s voices, wanted to hear more, leading to an opening for women to speak as loud as men, if not, louder.
Since then women have not kept quiet and have broken into an industry where using their voices is highly favored. It is no longer a surprise to hear a woman’s voice on the radio from Angie Martinez to Angela Yee. These women and many more have created a name for themselves and worked their way up the ladder. Women now discuss a range of topics including politics, pop culture, feminist to LGBTQ rights.
Although society still tries to silent women their voices break through loud and clear.