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Kate Aitken: Notable women of 1948

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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.

Medium: Radio
Program: Kate Aitken
Broadcast Date: Dec. 31, 1948
Host: Kate Aitken, Mac McCurdy
Duration: 14:37

Did You know?


• 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.

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