We’ve come a long way since we started in in 2011 and to celebrate our third birthday a collection of us – producers, presenters, patrons and some of the Sound Women board – headed to the Houses of parliament to meet up with MPs, drink tea and eat cake!
The day event was hosted by Damian Green MP (Chair of the BBC All Party Parliamentary Group). He praised the “great work done by Sound Women in its first three years” before handing over to Sound Women patron, Jane Garvey. Jane, who was accompanied by fellow patron Annie Nightingale, reminded guests that “there still aren’t enough female voices on radio” adding that “if you only ever hear male voices, you only hear the male experience, and that’s only half the story”.
Both commercial and BBC Radio was well-represented: Helen Boaden, Director of BBC Radio announced that “BBC Local Radio is on track to achieve its ambition of having 50% of its breakfast shows presented or co-presented by women” and said that “Sound Women has been a marvellous partner for the BBC and the rest of the radio industry”.
Whilst Siobhan Kenny, CEO of RadioCentre, spoke of her determination to ensure greater diversity in commercial radio saying that “businesses are seeing that it’s an absolute no-brainer to have a workforce that mirrors the population, particularly in the creative industries” and thanking Sound Women for “leading the way in raising awareness of gender issues in the workplace”.