The organisation set up to represent women in radio is to close at the end of next year after five years of operating.
Sound Women held meetings, training sessions, special events and mentoring but is now calling it a day, saying it is handing over the baton to each and every woman and man in our industry to continue its legacy. It also created a number of podcasts featuring female broadcasters and producers.
It started with a group of 14 women questioning why are there so few lead female presenters and almost no female double-headers on the radio. Today it has hundreds of members.
Today, women are better represented at industry conferences and events, the BBC has followed through on its pledge to have a female presenter in half of its local radio breakfast shows, and the need for diversity within leadership teams is now clearly recognised, the organisation says.
Maria Williams, Founder of Sound Women comments: “Gender equality in the radio and audio industry is no longer just Sound Women’s business. It’s everyone’s business. We are passing the baton on to each and every woman and man in our industry. It’s crucial we all continue to recognise and develop the skills and talents of women, so that women get the most out of our industry, our industry gets the best out of them, and the benefit is felt by audiences everywhere.”
Helen Boaden, Outgoing Director of Radio at the BBC added: “Sound Women leaves a proud legacy which the whole industry must build on. It has nurtured individual female talent and developed skills and self-confidence in women at all levels of the radio business. It has done a great job which we must all now take forward” .
Until its closure Sound Women members will continue to enjoy all their membership benefits, including an events programme until December 31st. A 2017 mentoring scheme will also be announced soon.
See more on a blog post about the closure here.