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New Book (launch):  Monica De La Torre: Feminista Frequencies

Bery happy to see the arrival of this new book:

Feminista Frequencies Community Building through Radio in the Yakima Valley by Monica De La Torre

Beginning in the 1970s Chicana and Chicano organizers turned to community radio broadcasting to educate, entertain, and uplift Mexican American listeners across the United States. In rural areas, radio emerged as the most effective medium for reaching relatively isolated communities such as migrant farmworkers. And in Washington’s Yakima Valley, where the media landscape was dominated by perspectives favorable to agribusiness, community radio for and about farmworkers became a life-sustaining tool.

Feminista Frequencies unearths the remarkable history of one of the United States’ first full-time Spanish-language community radio stations, Radio KDNA, which began broadcasting in the Yakima Valley in 1979. Extensive interviews reveal the work of Chicana and Chicano producers, on-air announcers, station managers, technical directors, and listeners who contributed to the station’s success. Monica De La Torre weaves these oral histories together with a range of visual and audio artifacts, including radio programs, program guides, and photographs to situate KDNA within the larger network of Chicano community-based broadcasting and social movement activism. Feminista Frequencies highlights the development of a public broadcasting model that centered Chicana radio producers and documents the central role of women in developing this infrastructure in the Yakima Valley. De La Torre shows how KDNA revolutionized community radio programming, adding new depth to the history of the Chicano movement, women’s activism, and media histories.

There is also a virtual book launch on April 22, 2022, co-sponsored by the Radio Preservation Task Force and SCMS Latino/a caucus

Join author De La Torre with fellow radio scholars Sonia Robles and D. Ines Casillas for a discussion about FEMINISTA FREQUENCIES and why we owe contemporary radio activism to the women of the 1970s!

Meeting Registration – Zoom

Sonic Spaces |Gendered Soundscapes, 10 March 2021

Discourse around gender and sound often reflects biases about who should be allowed to take up sonic space: from historical assumptions that women’s voices were unsuitable for the radio, to contemporary biases in institutional policies that work to exclude the work of women in the music industry, as well as continued critiques of female speaking voices for expressing unappealing vocal traits like “uptalk” and “vocal fry”. This event will bring together a diverse panel to discuss these and other ways in which sonic spaces can reflect broader social and cultural issues around gender and representation: Dr. Megan McGurk, host of the popular podcast and film club, “Sass Mouth Dames”, devoted to women who ruled the Hollywood box office from the 1930s-1950s; Dr. Ann Cleare, a multi-award-winning composer and Assistant Professor in Trinity’s Music and Media Technologies programme who will introduce “Sounding the Feminists,” an Irish-based collective committed to promoting and publicising the creative work of female musicians; and Dr. Jilly Boyce Kay, Lecturer in Media and Communication at the University of Leicester and author of Gender, Media and Voice (2020), who will discuss the ways that feminist voices on television were construed as “domestic nags” in the 1970s. ‘Sonic Spaces’ is organised by Jennifer O’Meara, Department of Film, as part of the Creative Arts Practice Research theme. The series considers the creative possibilities of audio and sound culture as they relate to issues of society, technology, the environment and the body. It aims to encourage the academic and broader community to reflect on our relationship to listening and its significance. ‘Sonic Spaces’ is supported by the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute.Please indicate if you have any access requirements, such as ISL/Englishinterpreting, so that we can facilitate you in attending this event. Contact:

Source: Webinar Registration – Zoom

Call for Papers: Signal Strength: women and media practice in conflict and crisis situations

Via the Radio Studies list:

The MeCCSA Radio Studies Network is delighted to announce a Call for Papers for ‘Signal Strength’, a symposium taking place on Thursday 8th March 2018, International Women’s Day at the University of Sheffield.

The deadline for abstracts is Monday 15 January 2018

Speakers confirmed so far include: Caroline Vuillemin, CEO, Fondation Hirondelle, Lausanne; Dr Helen Turton, University of Sheffield; Tala Halawa, BBC – West Bank, occupied Palestinian territories.

This symposium aims to examine the extent to which radio and other forms of media provide a platform for women who are, or have been, in conflict and crisis. Drawing on practice and academic research, discussions will explore multiple angles such as: gendering media strategies to improve the recognition and representation of women in peril; issues surrounding the safety and protection of women journalists and aid workers; and the limits and limitation of media freedoms.

We invite contributions from academics and practitioners with experience in radio and international conflict with the aim of exchanging knowledge and best practice. We welcome papers related to these themes or to the broader topic:

Use of radio and media in conflict environments
Use of radio to support women
Local and/or community radio in conflict/crisis
Women as (radio/media) audience in conflict/crisis
Empowering of women – and local communities – through radio (and media)
Radio in society in conflict-affected areas
Safety and protection of women journalists
Representation of women in conflict/crisis by the radio
Women and broadcasting technologies
Media freedoms – the limits and limitations of media strategies and policies, domestic and foreign
Stereotyping on air and in the media
Resourcing women’s radio journalism in conflict/crisis environments
Women in radio and on air – pedagogy and practice

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (2017), women comprise approximately 50 per cent of refugees worldwide, mostly as a result of conflict, and are often put at greater hardship than men in these situations based upon their gender. With men either killed or at war, women become the heads of households, conservers of the community and rebuilders of the economy. The significant impact of conflict and crisis on women, who have also often become targets of sexual violence, is recognised in the UN Security Council’s resolution 1325.

As media coverage of women in conflict and crisis is increasing, the role of radio within this merits further exploration. Of all forms of media, radio occupies a particular place in conflict-affected areas, providing a low-tech and low-cost public space, being cheap and portable, not relying on a mains source of electricity and being able to target illiterate or orally-based cultures.

In certain circumstances, digital technologies also provide for the production and circulation of audio and visual media material. Such access to online communication channels facilitates conversation and dialogue from the comfortingly mundane to life-saving. For women in unstable societies, the intimate nature of radio also ensures a safe haven, away from male or mixed environments, in which to seek comfort, advice and helplines. It also provides the opportunity for women, as practitioners, to represent their female audiences and reach out to them.

When conflict and crisis necessitate migration, and when women and families are forced to move and live in foreign countries, media – and radio in particular – can play a significant role in the settling-in process. Not only can digital technologies enable the tuning-in online to estranged stations and the familiar voices of home, but local services can proffer the welcoming hand of friendship and provide opportunities for empowerment through cultural and linguistic guidance, as well as moral support.

Drawing on practice as well as academic research, this symposium aims to provide a platform not just for the theory but for voicing lived experiences too.

Submission guidelines:
Please send 150-200-word abstracts, with short bio, to by 15 January 2018.
Speakers will be notified of acceptance by 30 January 2018.

Overview of the symposium:
The registration fee will be £35 (£25 for early bird booking).
The symposium is open to anyone interested in this topic, regardless of whether they are presenting a paper.

Women’s International News Service turns 30

The International Association of Women in Radio and Television has a new post commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Women’s International News Gathering Service (WINGS), and telling some of the story of its creation.


Check it out here.

WOMEN IN SOUND / WOMEN ON SOUND :WISWOS 2016: 22 April, Lancaster: Educating Girls in Sound

The group Women in Sound/Women on Sound is hosting its annual forum  on 22 April, Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts.

Educating Girls in Sound

Submission deadline February 8th, notification of selection February 15th.

WISWOS 2016 will take place at the Peter Scott Gallery at Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts. This years WISWOS event will focus on education. The previous very successful event at Lancaster in 2015 exhibited the excellent and varied work being done by women in many areas of sound, but also made clear their lack of visibility to the young. Despite the long and effective history of women working in and on sound, the numbers involved have not risen. What impact does the current education system have on young girls to deter them from moving into the fields of science, technology, the arts and engineering with sound? How can it be improved?

Key questions we wish to explore in the Forum are:

What happens in the music/sound tech classroom?
At what point do we see the drop from equal interest to little interest?
What initiatives already exist that do encourage girls to engage?
What can we do, and should we do it or not?


Full details here.

WREN in Paris

In May, I had the privilege of attending a workshop on women in ICT at my former workplace, the Institut des Sciences de la Communication (ISCC).  This was organized between two research strands at the LabEx EHNE, my former colleagues at the Strand 1: Europe as a product of material civilisation and strand 6, devoted to writing a gendered history of Europe  The workshop took a long-term perspective, exploring women’s roles in a number of communication technologies, from telegraphy, discussed by the brilliant Simone Müller-Pohl, to the roles of women in computing – back when ‘computer’ meant a person – usually an underpaid woman, who was performing the massive series of calculations needed to conduct science the the mid-20th century.

As part of this effort, a number of people were interviewed, including me, on my research on women and radio.  Of course WREN was a big part of this…

You can see it online at LabEx strand 6, or below:

International Women’s Day – Fem FM Revisited


In 1992, over 200 women madhistory in Bristol by setting up the UK’s first women’s radio station – Fem FM. Bristol Record Office has digitised the original broadcast tapes, now available for research as part of the Fem FM archive of recordings, photographs and other material.

On International Women’s Day, M Shed will mark the launch of the archive by hosting a panel discussion about women’s achievements in radio over the past two decades. Is the climate better for women broadcasters in 2014?

The event is open to anyone interested in the media and how to get more women’s voices on air. Guest panellists (all originally involved in Fem FM) will include:

  • Sue Clark, Sony award-winning radio producer
  • DJ Ritu, DJ and world music guru who has broadcast with BBC London and the World Service
  • Ali Grant, chair of Bristol community station BCFM
  • Jacqui Wilson, manager of the internet station Passion Radio Bristol
  • Erin Riley, Senior BBC Producer

Chair: Caroline Mitchell, Senior Lecturer in Radio at the University of Sunderland and one of the founders of Fem FM

Listen online:
Audio documentary about Fem FM

UPDATE: check out photos of the event here

Also see WREN’s resource page for this and other research resources.

Conference: Remembering and Writing Women’s Wartime Lives

A conference to be held on Saturday 15th March 2014
at The National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire
This conference is organised by: The Midlands Region of the Women’s History Network,
The National Memorial Arboretum and The University of Worcester

Women have written about war at the time and in retrospect; they have been journalists, kept diaries and written committee minutes. For some writing was an escape from the restrictions and limitations of their everyday lives. Others wrote letters to their family or friends from whom they were separated and it became part of their war effort boosting the morale of the armed forces.

This conference on Remembering and Writing Women’s Wartime Lives will explore all aspects of women’s writing and include papers on :

Novelists and Women in WW1

Remembering and Writing on Life with War Time Rationing

Odette Sansom GC – The construction of a post war heroine


The violence of war in Iraqi women’s war fiction

Coffee and registration from 10:15 in morning, conference will finish at 3:45.  Conference Fee £15, £10:00 for concessions to include lunch.

Inquiries and booking to Dr Janis Lomas via

Full programme and abstracts, plus booking form, can be foundhere:  WHN March 2014 writing

Call for papers: Home Fronts: Gender, War and Conflict

First Call for Papers

Home Fronts: Gender, War and Conflict

23rd Women’s History Network Annual Conference
5-7 September 2014 at the University of Worcester

Offers of papers are invited which draw upon the perspectives of women’s and gender history to discuss practical and emotional survival on the Home Front during war and conflict. Contributions of papers on a range of topics are welcome and may, for example, explore one of the following areas:

  • Food, domesticity, marriage and the ordinariness of everyday life on the Home Front
  • The arts, leisure and entertainment during military conflict
  • Women’s working lives on the Home Front
  • Shifting relations of power  around gender, class, ethnicity, religion or politics
  • Women’s individual or collective strategies and tactics for survival in wartime
  • Case studies illuminating the particularity of the Home Front in cities, small towns or rural areas
  • Outsiders on the Home Front including attitudes to prisoners of war, refugees, immigrants and travellers
  • Comparative Studies of the Home Front across time and  geographical location
  • Representation,  writing and remembering the Home Front

Although the term Home Front was initially used during the First World War, and the conference coincides with the commemorations marking the centenary of the beginning of this conflict, we welcome papers which explore a range of Home Fronts and conflicts, across diverse historical periods and geographical areas. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent electronically by 1 April 2014.