When it came out in 2001, Invisible Stars: A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting was the first book to recognize that women have always played an important part in American electronic media. The newly revised and expanded second edition (2014) enhances that original work. This is not just the story of radio stars or broadcast journalists, but a social history of women both on and off the air. Beginning in the early 1920s with the emergence of radio, the new edition of "Invisible Stars" chronicles the ambivalence toward women in broadcasting during the 1930s and 1940s, the gradual change in status of women in the 1950s and 1960s, the increased presence of women in broadcasting in the 1970s, and the successes of women in broadcasting in the 1980s and beyond. The second edition now includes analysis of the social and political changes that occurred in the early 2000s, such as the growing number of women talk show hosts; changing attitudes about women in leadership roles in business and politics; more about minority women in media; women in sports, and women sports announcers. Donna Halper also addresses the question of whether women are in fact no longer invisible in electronic media: she assesses where progress for women (in society as well as broadcasting) can be seen, and where progress appears totally stalled. 
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