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Kate Aitken: The jetsetter

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For the people of British Columbia, margarine is still a forbidden food in 1949. But it's no menace to butter, according to Kate Aitken. In Vancouver on the cusp of an 18-day trip around the world, Mrs. A talks about the city and local issues with co-host Ross Mortimer. Then it's on to a preview of the trip. Mrs. A says she's doing it because she's determined to know more about the women of the world and how they face its problems.

Medium: Radio
Program: Kate Aitken
Broadcast Date: Jan. 17, 1949
Hosts: Kate Aitken, Ross Mortimer
Duration: 13:15
Program recorded in progress.
Photo: CBC Still Photo Collection

Did You know?


• A 1950 article about Kate Aitken for Maclean's magazine was titled "The Busiest Woman in the World." It described Aitken's relentless pace: she was women's editor of the Montreal Weekly Standard, director of women's activities for the Canadian National Exhibition, broadcaster of two different radio shows, a food consultant and cookbook author. She also gave about 150 speeches and travelled 240,000 kilometres yearly. 

• Aitken had a staff of 21 secretaries to answer the 5,000 letters she received every week. 

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