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Woman's Hour

Women in the 1920s

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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The 1920s saw great changes for women: equal voting rights were introduced in 1929, but earlier in the decade "surplus women" were a great subject for debate in newspapers. Following the devastating loss of life in the First World War, some parts of society worried about what to do with young widows and women who would never marry. Baroness Shirley Williams, social historian Juliet Gardiner, author Virginia Nicholson and Dr Kate Murphy discuss the changing lives of women in the "Roaring '20s" as some made the most of increasing freedom and independence by becoming doctors and teachers, and working in a fledgling BBC.

Presented by Jane Garvey
Produced by Rebecca Myatt. Show less


Jane Garvey
Rebecca Myatt
Interviewed Guest:
Shirley Williams
Interviewed Guest:
Juliet Gardiner
Interviewed Guest:
Virginia Nicholson
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Murphy

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