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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

Sep 18, 2017

Norman Lear & Tandem Productions winning streak

All in the Family > Maude > Good Times

1965 Federal Report: “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action”

Good Times family structure: single mother or nuclear family

Esther Rolle & John Amos stand firm

6 difficult seasons

Esther Rolle's lifetime record of civil...


Sep 16, 2017

International understanding of American feminism with Austria cultural studies student Julia Krassnik

Susan Sontag's 1972 article on stereotypes

Timing and ensemble cast of Battlestar Galactica 2004-9

Roslin character's defiance of stereotypes

Roslin character's interest in power & Lean In's "tiara...


Aug 17, 2017

How the ASPCA landed McLachlan

Record-setting amount raised through a PSA

Tactics that raised visibility & invited discord

Bottom line


Aug 5, 2017

Lessons learned in 2 years

Holidays that appear in TV plots: Christmas, not Mothers Day

Themes:

Woman's right to make her own health care decisions (Sissy Spacek's TV Movie & China Beach)

Daytime dramas & spectacles (Agnes Nixon, Levine's book & "Vulture Culture")

Careers & Legacies (Latina actress Marlene...


Jul 19, 2017

Novelist April Smith got her start telling stories on TV for award winning shows like Lou Grant, Cagney & Lacey and Chicago Hope.

Writing short stories in Boston

It's not what you know, it's who you know - and who you know who knows you're a smart writer.

James at 15/16

Lou Grant

Cagney & Lacey (writer &...