Excerpt from an oral history interview with Mary Rossi by Christine Hogan in 2005. In this clip Rossi recalls her time hosting Woman's World.
Woman’s World was one of the ABC’s first programs at its launch in November 1956 and pushed the boundaries of women’s programming, canvassing a wide range of topics, including immigration, literature, the creative and performing arts, science and medicine.
A mother of 5 at the time she began hosting Woman’s World, and highly educated, Rossi challenged the view that women could not have a career as well as a family. Viewers followed along as Rossi's family grew – she retired from broadcasting after the birth of her eighth child in 1964.
Image: Mary Rossi on Women's World. Courtesy Australian Broadcasting Corporation – Library Sales.