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.
• 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.
Program: Kate Aitken
Broadcast Date: Dec. 31, 1948
Host: Kate Aitken, Mac McCurdy
Last updated: December 4, 2012
Page consulted on August 15, 2014
All Clips from this Topic
"Your women's editor," Kate Aitken, brings news and views to Canadian ...
Mrs. A addresses listeners' questions on topics ranging from emigratin...
Kate shares a chicken recipe and polls the music charts across Canada.
On the last day of 1948, Kate Aitken salutes an international roster o...
Mrs. A broadcasts her show from Vancouver as she embarks on a whirlwin...
In this Easter program, Mrs. A shares a recipe for glazed ham and tell...
Mrs. A interviews a young writer, Farley Mowat, and asks his wife Fran...
The focus is on French fashions as Kate Aitken broadcasts from the Cit...