As the efforts by women during Second Wave of Feminism began paying dividends, one of the long standing barriers came crumbling down: on May 18, 1971, the National Press Club, which was founded in 1908, would finally open its doors to women. Fitting, then, that Germain Greer, the firebrand writer of the bestselling book Female Eunuch (1970), was the first woman to address this distinguished press corps. This week, on From the Vault, we listen to a recording of that historic address, in which Greer took the opportunity to implore the Press Club audience to respect their power to report and make news, and was quick to point out the inequality of news coverage of Women’s issues.
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