1929 October 9

National Woman’s Party Begins Radio Series on NBC

 

The National Woman’s Party, led by Alice Paul, on this day began a regular 15-minute radio program devoted to women’s issues on the NBC radio network. It is believed that this was the first-ever regular radio series devoted to women’s social and political issues.

The initial broadcast featured Mabel Vernon, Executive Secretary of the National Woman’s Party. She discussed the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which was written and introduced by Alice Paul on July 21, 1923, and is currently pending in Congress.

Alice Paul and the NWP represented the radical wing of the women’s rights movement at that time. Paul had drafted and introduced the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), an amendment to the Constitution which would have grated equality to women. It was vigorously opposed by most feminist leaders at the time because they feared it would wipe out protective legislation for women, on wages, hours, and working conditions.

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