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Love TV? TV women have brought us great lessons in leadership, achievement and diligence. It’s time their stories are told and in many cases, placed in the proper context of the women’s movement, social change and political trends. Representation of women on TV – whether it’s in the news, programming schedule or sports – is a fraction of the amount of screen time men get. Yet every generation of women is profoundly impacted by what they see. It’s more than the memory of watching it, it’s the confidence that if a girl or woman sees another doing it, she is more likely to believe in herself.

Advanced TV Herstory finds those seminal moments, those important episodes of iconic shows or profiles of women whose persistence was exemplary, and tells those stories. Within each episode, we zero in on the life lessons discovered through research and analysis. Shows from every era and genre, and the women who made them, get their place in the spotlight. 

Hosted and produced by Cynthia Bemis Abrams

Dec 14, 2016

Betwitched's incredible popularity

Elizabeth Montgomery and William Asher as producers

Backstory of high school writing submission

Noted woman writer Barbara Avedon helped develop the script

Holiday episode boldly addresses series underlying message of diversity


Nov 26, 2016

Career profile of Agnes Nixon, including interview with media studies professor Elana Levine, PhD of University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Nixon (Northwestern University) legacy of daytime drama show creation

Approach to storyelling

 

 


Nov 5, 2016

Aired for single season, during the Bush administration

Woman VP ascends to presidency

Balance of sinister & good

Geena Davis, woman surrounded primarily by men

 


Oct 15, 2016

Maude character was spin off from All in the Family, a Norman Lear production

Bea Arthur's theatrical chops

Plots touched on every controversial topic of the day & was a sought-after cameo role for big name stars.

Norms & values discussed across the generations - Maude, daughter Carol (played by Adrienne Barbeau) &...


Oct 7, 2016

America’s EveryWoman, Rosie O’Donnell

Humble beginnings,

Comedy roles in sitcoms & A League of Their Own

1996-2002 award winning talk-variety show

Burnout, followed by a publishing career

Books: Celebrity Detox (2007)

Billie Jean King, Donald Trump and beauty pageants

The View, Barbara Walters, Alpha...