Kate Aitken: Mrs. A in Paris
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.
• Despite a daily audience of 1.5 million, Aitken retired from broadcasting in 1957. She published her childhood memoirs, Never a Day So Bright, the same year. In 1959 she was appointed to the CBC Board of Directors, where she remained for three years.
• Kate Aitken died in December 1971.
Program: Kate Aitken
Broadcast Date: March 31, 1950
Host: Kate Aitken, Mac McCurdy
Last updated: January 25, 2012
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
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