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Kate Aitken: Notable women of 1948

For busy housewives in postwar Canada, Kate Aitken's singsong voice was a welcome diversion from their everyday duties. Three days a week, Mrs. A and a rotating cast of male sidekicks shared advice on cooking, child care and fashion and offered a perspective on the broader world of women and politics. Only eight Kate Aitken programs from 1948 to 1950 survive, but they allow a glimpse into an era when "women's programming" was its own category at CBC and the ads were just part of the conversation.

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Should auld acquaintance be forgot... it's New Year's Eve, 1948, and Kate Aitken isn't letting the year slip by without a backward glance. She's revisiting the accomplishments of women from all over, including Olympians Barbara Ann Scott and Fanny Blankers-Cohen, humanitarian Dr. Lady Banting, and Princess Elizabeth for becoming mother to young Prince Charles, the baby of the year.
• Kate Aitken met many remarkable people over her career. In 1927, as a representative at an international wheat conference, she met Italy's Benito Mussolini and managed to sell him an order for Canadian wheat.

• On a mission to England the same year, Aitken met the young Duke and Duchess of York and their then 18-month-old daughter, Elizabeth (who later became the Princess Elizabeth feted in this clip, and eventually Queen).

• Aitken was in London in 1947 to cover Elizabeth's wedding.
Medium: Radio
Program: Kate Aitken
Broadcast Date: Dec. 31, 1948
Host: Kate Aitken, Mac McCurdy
Duration: 14:37

Last updated: December 4, 2012

Page consulted on August 15, 2014

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