Broadcaster Libby Purves spoke out today about the sexism she experienced during the early years of her career at the BBC.
Ms Purves said that "sexism has faded" but that she had previously encountered years of "disrespect."
The Midweek on Radio 4 presenter told the Radio Times that in 1974 she complained while working on local radio about having work cancelled.
"The HR lady just suggested in a low, caring voice that my problem might be a failed 'personal relationship' with a senior colleague. Women, she believed, operate on romantic emotions, not creativity," she said.
Ms Purves also claimed she was sacked from presenting The Boat Show in 1982 because she became pregnant.