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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

Jan 23, 2016

Commentary by guest & media/gender scholar Wendy Burns-Ardolino

Season 4 of Designing Women

Delta Burke's weight gain, tabloid harrassment

Rumors of Burke being "difficult to work with"

English writes "They Shoot Fat Women, Don't They?" & Burke sends TV's first direct message about bodyshaming to the America.

"It was...

Jan 13, 2016

Wendy Burns-Ardolino Professor at Grand Valley State University (MI)


Research & interest for her 2015 book TV Female Foursomes and Their Fans

4-female theory

Example shows

Living Single - different in many ways

Yvette Lee Bowser as seasoned...

Jan 5, 2016

Lucy left this world as a bit of a mystery. She left so much unexplained, kept wisdom to herself (or at least kept it closely held).

Kennedy Center Honors

House Un-American Activities Committee

Ronald and Nancy Reagan

Divorce; DesiLu Studio settlement

Kindred spirit Carol Burnett

Suffering no fools, including Dick Cavett