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National Farm Radio Forum: A woman’s place, 1963

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All across Canada, women are leaving their kitchens to join the paid workforce. But can married women go out to work without neglecting their duties at home? In the town of Knowlton, Que., participants on National Farm Radio Forum are divided. Some believe a mother should be at home if she has preschool children, while others point out that working is not a choice when money is tight. Freelance broadcaster Anne Francis helps moderate this 1963 forum, subtitled "Women in their Place."

Medium: Radio
Program: National Farm Radio Forum
Broadcast Date: Nov. 25, 1963
Duration: 28:18
Photo: CN Photo Collection, Canada Science and Technology Museum

Did You know?


• "Anne Francis" was a pen name adopted by Florence Bird for her career as a broadcaster and columnist. In 1967 she chaired the Royal Commission on the Status of Women.

• In 1961, about 29 per cent of Canadian women were in the paid labour force. Almost 44 per cent of unmarried women had paid jobs, compared with 20 per cent of married women. In 1975 the number of married women in the workforce rose to about 38 per cent.

• In 2007 the rate of employment among women over age 25 was 59 per cent.


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