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Background

Throughout the relatively young history of The United States of America, from the earliest explorations of the 'new world' to the fight for independence, the wars, and the economic struggles that often befell our young republic, women, while playing an equally instrumental role the entire time, too often took a 'behind the scenes' or 'supporting role' footnote in the pages of American History.

There's certainly no excuse for the omission over the years. Men, despite the size of their egos or self-delusion, have always been at the least aware of the pivotal, partnering role women have played throughout our history. Men may have all too often felt the need to dismiss that feminine partnership. Or perhaps it was often the women themselves that too readily took a back seat to their male counterparts' contributions in various fields.

Perhaps it was simply men expecting the women of the nation to do what they'd always traditionally done throughout civilization: cook, clothe, feed, and house the men and children in their lives--and if they could still steal a bit of time for their own personal, artistic, or intellectual pursuits, so much the better.

Ah, but were it so easy. And yes, the females throughout history have always been known for their inherent ability to multitask. That talent is not only part of their biological makeup, it's an imperative of Life, itself--if Man as a species is to continue, in any case. One could almost understand how this imbalance in recognition of the sexes as equal partners in civilization perpetuated itself through the turn of the 20th Century. For rural women, basic survival was a matter of division of labor, albeit an unfair division at times, but those were the realities.

For urban women, survival was a tenuous balancing act--if they wanted it all. And even if women achieved a modicum of individual success, professionally, artistically, or intellectually, those successes were never, it seems, seen in the same light as the accomplishments of their one-for-one male counterparts. The tired old generalization that "it's a man's world," presumptively sweeping away all inequalities with each utterance.

But then it really wasn't ever simply a man's world at any time, was it? Not in the beginning of mankind and not to this day. Women have always been shoulder to shoulder with men throughout history. If not personally toiling in the fields, they were back in the house, turning raw resources into food, fuel and income to keep the family unit going. If not personally commuting into the city each day to earn their family's fortune, they were doing what the wage earner couldn't possibly do himself--and still keep that wage earning job. And indeed, during the most severe periods of American History, women all too often had to perform in both roles, along with their men, or without them as the case be.

And invariably, at least up until the mid-20th Century, the truly gifted women of society--professionals, artists, business people, philosophers, and scientists--were continually forced to take a back seat to their male counterparts. Females had always had the option to push back, naturally. And in rare, history-making situations many of them did. But as has been a woman's inherent biological gift since the dawn of Man, the vast majority of them simply moved on, either ignoring the slights altogether, mourning them until they passed, or simply leap-frogging over them to the next Life issue to be faced. Women have been nothing, if not resolute throughout history--at once both their strength and shortcoming.

Men, by contrast throughout history, had no shortcomings whatsover, or so it was to be believed. Either through a process of continually propping each other up--or being propped up--either intentionally or inadvertently by their female partner(s), men somehow managed to perpetuate the notion that they were superior. And indeed, all too many women throughout history were more inclined to simply let men believe what they needed to believe to continue to be good providers.

And quite predictably, women never truly let it go at that. Those with power, employed it equally ruthlessly until the mid-20th Century. Those without power formed often humbler and occasionally quite extensive networks, with which to further their causes. An example in point would be the underground railroads of the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. One is also reminded of the many civic and religious leagues of late 19th Century America and the explosion of such activities throughout the post-Industrial era.

Indeed it was in the wake of The Great Depression that American women seemed to almost spontaneously unite in spirit, through circumstances great and small, to begin to fight for their own due in American society. One of the more sophisticated such networks of the era was the American Association of University Women. The Association had long maintained detailed archives of their sisters' accomplishments throughout American History, continually revising those archives and gathering even more archival material to support those archived findings and accomplishments.

With the winding down of the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) and its extensive network of federally funded projects, the landscape began to change dramatically as America neared War. For one, the W.P.A. changed its name very subtlely to Work Projects Administration. For another, the WPA has more openly funding Radio programming in the public interest of one kind or another--with the proviso that another sponsoring agency in either the private or public sector would co-sponsor the production.

In the case of, first, Women In the Making of America, and its expansion and rebroadcasts as Gallant American Women, it was the United States Office of Education and the Federal Security Agency that stepped up to partner with the American Association of University Women--through the WPA--to produce the series. This was no small feat, given the raging debates at the time over whether--or not--to enter the War in Europe.

Women In the Making of America and Gallant American Women

No sooner had Women In the Making of America, a fifteen-minute format, debuted on May 18, 1939, than literally hundreds of professional women across America came forward with both updated material in support of the program, and ideas for further installments. The production regrouped and was reintroduced in October of 1939 as Gallant American Women, in a 30-minute format as a series that ran, off and on, over the next three years in one Radio venue or another. This, in spite of America's forced entry into the War after December 7, 1941.

The various dramatizations were highlighted with brief historical vignettes of the topic of the episode, cited the various women and their accomplishments in that sector of society or history, and occasionally introduced contemporary female representatives of that sector to speak on the topic at the close of the program.

The historical citations hold up well to this day, offering a rare spotlight on the accomplishments and contributrions of American women throughout our history. While it's unfortunate that such programming was, indeed, rare during the Golden Age of Radio--and since--it's a wonderfully insightful, educational and inspirational series, as important today as it was in the early 1940s.

Series Derivatives:

Women In the Making of America [NBC Blue]
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Patriotic Retrospectives
Network(s): NBC Blue
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 39-10-31 01 Women Building Our Heritage of Freedom
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 39-10-31 to 40-07-01; NBC Blue; Forty-one, 30-minute programs; Tuesdays afternoons, then Monday evenings
Syndication:
Sponsors: Produced in cooperation with the United States Office Of Education, The Federal Security Agency and The Work Projects Administration.
Director(s):
Principal Actors: Eugenie Leonard
Recurring Character(s):
Protagonist(s): None
Author(s): None
Writer(s) Jane Ashman, Rosemary Benet, Irve Tunick, Helene Bamberger, Janet Sealy, Kate Herd Meade; Eva Hanzel [Program Supervisor]; Mary R. Beard [World Center For Women's Archives Historical Consultant]
Music Direction: Rudolph Schramm
Musical Theme(s): Unknown
Announcer(s):
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
39
Episodes in Circulation: 13
Total Episodes in Collection: 13
Provenances:

Announcement of Gallant American Women series from November 06 1939
Announcement of Gallant American Women series from November 06 1939

Spot ad for Gallant American Women from
Spot ad for Gallant American Women from
June 16 1940

RadioGOLDINdex, Hickerson Guide.

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The Gallant American Women Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
39-10-31
1
Women Building Our Heritage of Freedom

Y
[Premiere]

39-10-29 Ogden Daily Journal
"Gallant American Women", dramatized calvacade of pioneer women and their, progress in past and present and formerly known as "Women In the Making of America" will be on the air Tuesday starting at twelve o'clock, noon, weekly. The series will be produced by the United States department of education in cooperation with the WPA and the National Broadcasting company.
New material has been made available by the National Council of Women, General Federation of Women's Clubs, American Association of University Women and other national organizations.

39-10-30 Clearfield Progress
What to expect Tuesday ... 2 New series, Gallant American Women.
39-11-07
2
Women for Peace
Y
39-11-14
3
Women on the Land
Y
39-11-21
4
Women, the Providers
Y
39-11-28
5
Refugee Women
Y
39-12-05
6
Women are People
Y
39-12-12
7
Laws and the Women
Y
39-12-19
8
Women in the Law
N
39-12-26
9
Seafaring Women
Y
40-01-02
10
Women of Learning
Y
40-01-02 San Antonio Express
The development of higher education for women, from the school to the university, will be the subject for dramatization during Gallant American Women, today at 1:00 on WOAI.
40-01-09
11
Women as Teachers
Y
40-01-09 Charleston Gazette
The story of great women teachers of America will be told in the 11th broadcast of Gallant American Women at 2.
40-01-16
12
Women Explorers
Y
40-01-16 Charleston Gazette
Women who have gone on expeditions into strange lands will be dramatized during Gallant American Women at 2.
40-01-23
13
Women of Letters
N
40-01-23 Charleston Gazette
Pearl Buck, famous author, will speak at the conclusion of "
Women of Letters" at 2 in the Gallant American Women Series.
40-01-30
14
Ladies of the Press
N
40-01-30 Charleston Gazette
Imogene Ochs Sulzberger of the New York Times and other famous American journalists are among the 300 women publishers of today whose stories will be told in "
Ladies of the Press," 27th broadcast of Gallant American Women series.
40-02-06
15
Mothers of Great Americans
N
40-02-06 Charleston Gazette
"
Mothers of Great Americans" will be the title of the 28th broadcast of the series of Gallant American Women at 2.
40-02-13
16
Fashions in Sentiment
N
40-02-13 Charleston Gazette
A Valentine's day program dramatizing the changing customs in romance in this country, will be broadcast today at 2 over NBC-WGKV, on the Gallant American Women program.
40-02-20
17
The Bronze Tablet
N
40-02-20 Charleston Gazette
"
The Bronze Tablet" commemorating American women who have memoralized famous homes of this country and otherwise recorded and preserved historic landmarks, will be the subject of Gallent American Women at 2.
40-02-27
18
Women in Politics and Government
N
40-02-27 Charleston Gazette
The
increasingly important role women are playing in government and politics will be reviewed during gallant American Women at 2.
40-03-05
19
Women in the Opera
N
40-03-05 Charleston Gazette
2:00--Gallant American Women
40-03-12
20
Women in Medicine
N
40-03-12 Charleston Gazette
Outstanding
achievements made by women in the field of medicine will be the basis of the dramatization of Gallant American Women at 2.
40-03-19
21
Women in Fashion
N
40-03-19 Charleston Gazette
The
story of the development of women's styles in this country will be dramatized on Gallant American Women at 2 today. The program will highlight careers of such women as Amelia Bloomer, Madam Demorest and Ellen Butterick who invented the paper patterns for home dressmaking.
40-03-26
22
The American Home
Y
40-03-26 Charleston Gazette
2:00--Gallant American Women
40-04-02
23
Women In Nursing
Y
40-04-02 Charleston Gazette
The history of nursing in America from its very beginning to present day specialization will be dramatized on Gallant American Women at 2.
40-04-09
24
From Tavern to Tearoom
Y
40-04-09 Charleston Gazette - "From Tavern to Tearoom," dramatizing careers of women who have made a business of "three meals a day," will be heard on the Gallant American Women program at 2 p.m. over NBC-WGKV.
40-04-16
25
Women in Science
N
40-04-16 Charleston Gazette
2:00--Gallant American Women
40-04-23
26
Behind the Footlights
N
40-04-23 Charleston Gazette
2:00--Gallant American Women
40-04-30
27
Child Welfare
N
40-04-30 Charleston Gazette
2:00--Gallant American Women
40-05-07
28
Women in Aviation
N
40-05-07 Charleston Gazette
2:00--Gallant American Women
40-05-13
29
Famous American Homemakers
N
[Moves to Mondays]

40-05-13 Capital Times
Gallant American Women, dramatic series telling the stories of American women pioneers, will change to a night spot with the program on "Women in Politics and Government," tonight at 8 o'clock over WENR. From Abigail Adams, who wrote letters on the state of the nation to her president-husband in France, the program will dramatize the. little known account of women in and out of office who have helped to shape the course of this country.
40-05-20
30
Women in Politics and Government
N
[Moves to new time]

40-05-20 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p. m. — Gallant American
Women (WENR) : contributions to
government

40-05-20 Capital Times
GALLANT WOMEN
A story of the contributions American women pioneers have made to the fields of politics and government will be dramatized during the Gallant American Women series, over WENR at 8:30 tonight. The time is one-half hour later than heretofore.
40-05-27
31
Women in Communications
N
49-05-27 Charleston Gazette
A story of the contributions American women pioneers have made to the field of communications will be dramatized on the Gallant American Women series at 9:30 p. m
40-06-03
32
Unsung Heroines
N
40-06-03 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p. m. — Gallant American
Women (WENR):
unsung heroines, Jessie Benton-Fremont, Lucy Audubon, and Mrs. Robert Peary, and their work with their famous husbands.

40-06-03 Appleton Crescent
"Gallant American Women" program will discuss thiee famous American women at 830 over WENR. They are Jessie Benton Fremont, who campaigned with her husband, the first Republican nominee for president; Lucy Audubon
who encouraged her husband's altrustic career, and Mrs Robert Peary who accompanied her explorer-husband to the north pole
40-06-10
33
Women in Sports
N
40-06-10 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p. m. — Gallant American Women (WENR):
women in sports.
40-06-17
34
Women in Commerce and Trade
N
40-06-17 Wisconsin State Journal
The story of "
Women in Commerce and Trade" -will be dramatized during the Gallant American Women broadcast over WENR at 8:30 tonight. The drama will show the progress made by American women pioneers in every branch of business.

40-06-17 The Daily Mail
Work Of Miss Titcomb To
Be Dramatized Over
N.B.C. June 24.
Washington county and its library will receive nation-wide publicity on Monday night, June 24, when the
'Gallant American Women" program
is heard over the NBC Blue Network at 9:30 o'clock, standard time.
The broadcast is entitled
Librarians
and Curators
and Miss Mary L. Titcomb, Washington county's first Ibrarian, is among the noted librarians selected for mention. The
local library has supplied the information about the late Miss Titcomb for the program.
Attention is called to this broad:ast a week in advance so that the station may be located in advance.
The program features Women in the Making of America and is described as a program of drama and history. Tonight at 9:30 the broadcast
will tell of
Women in Commerce
and Trade
.
40-06-24
35
Women as Librarians and Curators
N
[Possible Preemption]

40-06-24 Wisconsin State Journal
The keynote address by Gov. Harold E. Stassen, Minn., will occupy most of the 8 to 9 p.m. period reserved tonight for the national Republican convention's opening night program. The invocation by Denis Cardinal Dougherty, Philadelphia, opens the broadcast. Stations WIBA, WGN, WBBM, WMAQ and WENR will air the proceedings.

40-06-24 Indiana Evening Gazette
9:30--WJZ-Gallant American Women
40-07-01
36
Women in Dance
N
40-07-01 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30--NBC Gallant American Women.
40-07-08
37
Title Unknown
N
40-07-08 Syracuse Herald Journal
11:30 p.m.--WSYR--Gallant American Women
40-07-15
38
Title Unknown
N
40-07-15 Altoona Mirror
9:00 p.m.--KDKA--Gallant American Women
40-07-22
39
Title Unknown
N
40-07-22 Altoona Mirror
9:00 p.m.--KDKA--Gallant American Women
40-07-29
40
Title Unknown
N
40-07-29 Altoona Mirror
9:00 p.m.--KDKA--Gallant American Women
40-08-05
41
Title Unknown
N
40-08-05 Altoona Mirror
9:00 p.m.--KDKA--Gallant American Women









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